Sherwood dogfish

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Sherwood dogfish
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Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodalatias
Species: S. sherwoodi
Binomial name
Scymnodalatias sherwoodi
(Archey, 1921)
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Range of the Sherwood dogfish (in blue)

The sherwood dogfish, Scymnodalatias sherwoodi, is a very rare sleeper shark of the family Somniosidae, found only around New Zealand. The only specimen studied was about 80 cm long.

The sherwood dogfish is ovoviviparous.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Scymnodalatias sherwoodi" in FishBase. February 2011 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8