Caribbean Roughshark

About the Caribbean Roughshark

The Caribbean roughshark is a shark species found in the Caribbean Sea at depths of about 400 m.

Like all rough sharks, they have a compressed body that gives them a triangular cross-section. They feed on small fish and invertebrates. They have two dorsal fins, the first of which is set far forward, almost at the top of the head. Both dorsal fins have a sharp spine that is usually concealed by the fin. Their skin is very rough and prickly, and they have a luminous organ.

They’re ovoviviparous, but litter sizes are unknown. Pups are born about 20 cm long grow to a maximum length of 50 cm.

There isn’t enough information to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Oxynotus caribbaeus
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusOxynotus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length50 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 402 - 457 m.
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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