Centrophorus uyato (Rafinesque, 1810)
Little gulper shark
photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP

Family:  Centrophoridae (Gulper sharks)
Max. size:  110 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 7,340.0 g
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 50 - 1400 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Atlantic: western Mediterranean and Gibraltar to Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire to Nigeria, Cameroon to Angola, northern Namibia. Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique, uncertain records from India; Western Australia (Ref. 6871). Western Pacific: Australia (Ref. 6871); occurrence in Taiwan needs validation. Validity of this species is uncertain (Ref. 27638, not in Ref. 35766).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. A small, slender gulper shark with a long, narrow snout, a short 1st dorsal fin and a high 2nd dorsal fin; pectoral rear tips usually very long; denticles small and flat (Ref. 5578). Brownish-grey above, light grey below (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  A common deepwater dogfish of the outer continental shelves and upper slopes, on or near the bottom. Adults feed on bony fishes and squid. Males mature by 80 cm TL (Ref. 94782). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Utilized dried salted for human consumption and probably for fishmeal and liver oil (Ref. 247).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 21 November 2019 (A2bd) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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