Pygmy shark

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Pygmy shark
Euprotomicrus bispinatus (Pygmy shark).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Dalatiidae
Genus: Euprotomicrus
T. N. Gill, 1865
Species: E. bispinatus
Binomial name
Euprotomicrus bispinatus
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Euprotomicrus bispinatus distmap.png
Range of pygmy shark (in blue)

The pygmy shark (Euprotomicrus bispinatus), the second-smallest of all the shark species after the dwarf lanternshark, is a sleeper shark of the Dalatiidae family, the only member of the genus Euprotomicrus. Their lengths are up to about 25 cm (10 in) for females and about 22 cm (8.7 in) for males.

Pygmy sharks are ovoviviparous and produce about eight young in each litter.