Little gulper shark

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Little gulper shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Centrophoridae
Genus: Centrophorus
Species: C. uyato
Binomial name
Centrophorus uyato
Rafinesque, 1810
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Range of little gulper shark (in blue)

Squalus uyato Rafinesque, 1810

The little gulper shark (Centrophorus uyato) is a small, deepwater dogfish of the family Centrophoridae.[1]

Physical characteristics[edit]

The little gulper shark has no anal fin, two dorsal fins with spines, slightly humped back before the first dorsal fin, darker areas of coloration above gills and on dorsal fins, long free rear tips on pectoral fins, and a notched caudal fin.[2]


The little gulper shark lives in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the eastern Atlantic from Spain south to the Cape of Good Hope, the Mediterranean west of Sicily, the western Indian Ocean around Mozambique, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal around India, and possibly Taiwan.

Habits and habitat[edit]

The little gulper is a common dogfish and lives near the bottom between 50 and 1,400 m. They are ovoviviparous with usually only one pup per litter. They eat bony fish and squid.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Centrophorus uyato" in FishBase. February 2015 version.
  2. ^ White, W.T., Ebert, D.A., Naylor, G.J.P., Ho, H.-C., Clerkin, P., Veríssimo, A. & Cotton, C.F. (2013). "Revision of the genus Centrophorus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae): Part 1—Redescription of Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider), a senior synonym of C. acus Garman and C. niaukang Teng" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3752: 35–72. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3752.1.5.