Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes
(Bramble, sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Squalidae
Etymology: Cirrhigaleus: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, galeos = a shark (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 200 - 650 m (Ref. 55584). Deep-water; 35°N - 35°S, 171°W - 51°E (Ref. 55304)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 120 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 247)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 0. A heavy-bodied dogfish with a blunt, rounded snout, large denticles and noticeably rough skin; body without spots; 1st dorsal fin spine behind pectoral fins (Ref. 5578). Dark grey or brown above, lighter below; white edges on fins (Ref. 5578); juveniles brown (Ref. 6577).
Western Atlantic: North Carolina to the Florida Keys (Ref. 3814) and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Western Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique to South Africa; also Reunion, Comoros, and the Aldabra islands (Ref. 33390). Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands.
Found on the upper continental and insular slopes (Ref. 247). Feeds on bony fishes and squids (Ref. 5213). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205), with 21 to 22 young in a litter (Ref. 247).
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/1):1-249. Rome: FAO.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00173 - 0.00838), b=3.07 (2.88 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.62 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec=21-22).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100) .