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Species: Centrophorus tessellatus, Mosaic Gulper-shark

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snout long, thick
D1 spine origin over pectoral free rear tip
space between Ds long
pectoral v long free rear tip
skin smooth

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
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
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 only
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 89
Depth Range Min
  • 260
Depth Range Max
  • 732