Sherwood’s Dogfish

About the Sherwood’s Dogfish

Sherwood’s dogfish is a very rare and little-known species of sleeper shark endemic to New Zealand. They are found at depths of between 400m and 500m. They grow to at least 80cm but nothing else is known of their ecology.

They’re presumed to be ovoviviparous and to be slow-swimming like other sleeper sharks.

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

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Scientific Name Scymnodalatias sherwoodi
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusScymnodalatias
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 80.3 cm
Max LenghtNA
DistributionSouthwest Pacific
EnvironmentBenthopelagic
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