Family: Centrophoridae – Gulper Sharks
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Gulpher Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: The Seychelles Gulper shark has been recorded between 2.1-2.6 feet in length.
Teeth and Jaw: The teeth in the upper jaws differ from the teeth in the lower jaws.
Head: The distance between the tip of the snout to the first dorsal fin is 34% total length. This is larger than other sharks of its family. The snout is long at 12.2% of the total length.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Seychelles Gulper shark is found in the western Indian Ocean around Alphonse Island in Seychelles. They have been recorded at an average of 3,280 feet deep and considered bathydemersal.
Aesthetic Identification: The Seychelles Gulper shark is grey in color. The tips and the trailing edges of the dorsal fins are blackish in color. The first dorsal fin high at 7% of the total length. The second dorsal fin base is long at 9.8% total length.
Biology and Reproduction: They are thought to be ovoviviparous with at least one pup per litter.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Seychelles Gulper Shark Future and Conservation: There isn’t enough data to evaluate. However, currently there are no commercial fisheries in the vicinity, but their range is limited. This is a shark that requires more research and studying.
Seychelles Gulper Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.