Plunket shark

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Plunket shark
Centroscymnus plunketi (Plunket shark).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodon
Species: S. plunketi
Binomial name
Scymnodon plunketi
Waite, 1910
Proscymnodon plunketi distmap.png
Range of the Plunket shark (in blue)

Centroscymnus plunketi Waite, 1910
Proscymnodon plunketi Waite, 1910

The plunket shark (Scymnodon plunketi) is a sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found around south eastern Australia, and New Zealand, at depths of between 220 and 1,550 m over continental shelves. It reaches a length of 130 cm.[1]


  1. ^ White, W.T., Vaz, D.F.B., Ho, H.-C., Ebert, D.A., Carvalho, M.R.d., Corrigan, S., Rochel, E., Carvalho, M.d., Tanaka, S. & Naylor, G.J.P. (2014): Redescription of Scymnodon ichiharai Yano and Tanaka 1984 (Squaliformes: Somniosidae) from the western North Pacific, with comments on the definition of somniosid genera. Ichthyological Research, 62 (2): 213-229.