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Species: Heptranchias perlo, Sharpnose Sevengill Shark

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small, slender
head narrow, pointed
eye very large
7 gill slits



Heptranchias perlo (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Sharpnose Sevengill Shark

Body fusiform, slender; head narrow and pointed; eyes very large; mouth narrow, pointed; top teeth small, narrow, hooked, with small side points; lower jaw with ~5 teeth per side, those large, long and low comb-like, with 1 of points larger; seven pairs of gill slits; one small dorsal fin at rear of body towards tail fin base; tail base long; tail very asymmetrical, with small lower lobe.

Body plain grey, without spots; dorsal fin and upper tail lobes with black tips in juvenile (faded in adults).

Size: 150 cm.

Habitat: Bottom of outer continental and insular shelves and upper slopes.

Depth: 27-1720 m.

Tropical and temperate, worldwide; N Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Water column
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Sharks/rays
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Near threatened
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 150
Depth Range Min
  • 27
Depth Range Max
  • 1720