Longsnout Dogfish

About the Longsnout Dogfish

The longsnout dogfish is poorly-known deepwater dogfish found around Australia, the islands of Oceania, and South Africa. It’s known for having a very long, pointy nose, and two dorsal fins of the same size. Adults are about 115 cm long.

They live in depths of 150 to 1360 m, but most commonly at depths of 400 to 800 m. They’re ovoviviparous, with litters sizes of 5 to 17 pups. They haveĀ  Their main prey are bony fishes.

Populations of this shark have decreased by over 80% in some regions of Australia. Around the world they’re down by almost 30%, which would make them vulnerable. Population studies are being conducted but at the moment they’re considered Near Threatened.

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Scientific Name Deania quadrispinosa
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size 5-17
Common Length 115 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 150 - 1360 m
DistributionSoutheast Atlantic, Western Indian Ocean, Western Central Pacific, Southwest Pacific