White-tail Dogfish

About the White-tail Dogfish

The White-tail dogfish is a rare species of sleeper shark found in the waters around southern Australia and New Zealand, at depths of between 150m and 500m. They are grey and white with large dark spots.

They’re presumed to be ovoviviparous and despite their rarity, they give birth to extremely large litters of about 60 pups! The total maximum length for this species is at least 1.1m. There is no other information about their biology as they are known only from a few specimens taken as bycatch.

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

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Scientific Name Scymnodalatias albicauda
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
GenusScymnodalatias
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeMedium
Litter Size 60
Common Length 111 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 150 - 510 m
DistributionSoutheast Pacific
EnvironmentBathypelagic
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