Western Highfin Spurdog

About the Western Highfin Spurdog

The Western highfin spurdog is a species of deep-water dogfish found off the coast of Western Australia. They live on the continental shelf, at depths of around 300m.

Due to fact this species has only been described from two specimens, there is very little known about their biology and habitat. They’re presumed to be ovoviviparous. The longest specimen caught was 59 cm long.

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

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Scientific Name Squalus altipinnis
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusSqualus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 58.9 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 305 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentPelagic
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