Pocket shark

About the Pocket shark

The Pocket shark is a species of kitefin shark of the family Dalatiidae, also known as sleeper sharks. The only member of its genus, Mollisquama, found off Chile in the southeast Pacific Ocean.

Biology and Description:

From the one specimen caught in the Gulf of Mexico, the body was described as cylindrical shape-like, with a wide, rounded snout that tapers back toward the caudal tip. The one specimen measured about 40 cm TL and weight 14.6 g. This species gets its name from the small pocket glands that are found behind the two pectoral fins on either side. The purpose of this gland suggests that is used to act as a luminous pouch. This species is ovoviviparous. There is not more information available.


The pocket shark is a bathypelagic shark found at depths of approximately 330 m. The first specimen was found off the coast of Chile in the Nazca Submarine Ridge. Another specimen that was then found off the coast of TheĀ Gulf of Mexico, suggests that this species is more widely spread than previously thought.


No conservation measures are currently in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Mollisquama parini
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 40 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 330 m
DistributionSouthwest Pacific