Plunket shark

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Plunket shark
Centroscymnus plunketi (Plunket shark).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodon
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.[2]


  1. ^ Finucci, B. & Kyne, P.M. 2018. Scymnodon plunketi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T46865A68641556. Downloaded on 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ 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.