Species: Centrophorus tessellatus, Mosaic gulper shark
Centrophorus tessellatus Garman, 1906
Mosaic gulper shark
Snout long, thick, rounded, distance before mouth ~ distance from mouth to pectoral fins; no nictitating eyelids; spiracles present, large, just behind eye; top teeth straight, triangular, with narrow points, lower teeth similar, with narrow triangular tips; five gill slits, all before pectoral fin; two dorsal fins with small grooved spines, spine of second dorsal is slightly larger; first dorsal larger than second, its,spine origin over free rear tips of pectoral; space between second dorsal fin origin and upper tail fin origin 8.6% of TL, much longer than head; free rear tips of pectorals very long, pointed, extending past center of first dorsal fin; no anal fin; no ridges behind pelvic fins; tail base without keels; tail fin strongly asymmetrical, upper lobe with notch under tip, deep lower lobe, with a notch above it; skin smooth, denticles on flank with flat, squarish crowns, widely spaced and not overlapping.
Light brown to gray above, white below; fins with light edges.
Size: 89 cm.
Habitat: outer continental shelve and slopes near the bottom.
Depth: 260-732 m.
Scattered locations in W Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; Gulf of Mexico to Colombia.
Note: may be multiple species involved.
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- Marine Only
- Offshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
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- Feeding Group
- No Data
- Bony fishes
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Mobile benthic worms
- No Data
- Egg Type
- No pelagic larva
- Live birth
- Global Endemism
- Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
- Greater Caribbean non-endemic
- Regional Endemism
- Continent only
- GC non-endemic
- Climate Zone
- Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
- Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
- Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
- IUCN Red List
- Data deficient
- Not listed
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