Sherwood dogfish

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Sherwood dogfish
Scymnodalatias sherwoodi (Sherwood dogfish).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Squaliformes
Family: Somniosidae
Genus: Scymnodalatias
S. sherwoodi
Binomial name
Scymnodalatias sherwoodi
(Archey, 1921)
Scymnodalatias sherwoodi distmap.png
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.[2] The only specimen studied was about 80 cm long.[3]

The sherwood dogfish is ovoviviparous.[3]

Conservation status[edit]

In June 2018 the New Zealand Department of Conservation classified the sherwood dogfish as "Not Threatened" with the qualifier "Secure Overseas" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[4]


  1. ^ Duffy, C. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003). 2003. Scymnodalatias sherwoodi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T41856A10580775. Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Scymnodalatias sherwoodi (Archey, 1921)". NZOR. Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b Carpenter, Kent E.; Bailly, Nicolas. "Scymnodalatias sherwoodi (Archey, 1921) Sherwood dogfish". Fishbase. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ Duffy, Clinton A. J.; Francis, Malcolm; Dunn, M. R.; Finucci, Brit; Ford, Richard; Hitchmough, Rod; Rolfe, Jeremy (2018). Conservation status of New Zealand chondrichthyans (chimaeras, sharks and rays), 2016 (PDF). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation. p. 11. ISBN 9781988514628. OCLC 1042901090.