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Species: Notorynchus cepedianus, Broadnose sevengill Shark

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wide blunt head
small eyes
body usually spotted
7 gill slits



Notorynchus cepedianus (Péron, 1807)

Broadnose Sevengill Shark

A large shark; fusiform body; head and snout wide, rounded; eyes small; upper front teeth small, with 1 large oblique point and 1-2 small points at rear base, side teeth more saw-like; lower teeth large, wide with oblique saw-like row of small teeth along top; seven long gill slits, none over pectoral base; 1 dorsal fin, at rear of body near tail; tail with small lower lobe.

Grey above, white below; many small black &/or white spots scattered over body and fins.

Size: 296 cm, perhaps 400 cm.

Habitat: demersal and midwater; sandy bottoms.

Depth: 0-570 m, usually 1-50 m.

A subtropical to warm temperate species from the Pacific, both sides of the Atlantic and the south-west Indian Ocean; Alaska to the Gulf of California and Colombia to Chile; the Galapagos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Sea snakes/mammals/turtles/birds
  • Sharks/rays
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • East Pacific + all Atlantic (East+West)
  • East Pacific + Atlantic (East +/or West)
  • West + East Pacific (but not Central)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • California + Peruvian provinces, primarily
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Antitropical (North and South temperate)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 296
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 570