south china cookiecutter shark

The South China Cookiecutter shark (Isistius labialis), is a species belonging to the order of Dogfish sharks in the family Dalatiidae (Kitefin sharks). It is a known holotype in the South China Sea. Check out the Cookiecutter shark to see similarities and differences between the two.


Family: Dalatiidae – Kitefin sharks

Genus: Isistius 

Species: labialis


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles



Common NameDogfish Sharks

Family– Dalatiidae

Common NameKitefin Sharks




Average Size and Length: The only known specimen was 1.4 feet long.

Average Weight: Unknown.

Current Rare Mythical Sightings: Just one sighting.

Teeth and Jaw: One difference between the South China Cookiecutter shark, and the Cookiecutter shark is that the South China Cookiecutter shark has many more upper teeth rows, at 43.

Head: Its eyes are slightly further forward than the Cookiecutter sharks.

Denticles: Unknown.

Tail: The caudal fin of the South China Cookiecutter shark is less symmetrical and with a shorter ventral lobe than the Cookiecutter shark.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: It can be found in the western Pacific in the South China Sea. It occurs on the continental slope at 1,706 feet but the distance off the bottom is unknown.

Diet: Unknown.

Ram-Suction Index: Presumably both, but unconfirmed.

Aesthetic Identification: The South China Cookiecutter shark is extremely similar to the Cookiecutter shark, with the dark collar marking well developed over the gill region.

Biology and Reproduction: Unknown but presumably ovoviviparous.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.

Speed: Unknown.

South China Cookiecutter Shark Future and Conservation: Not evaluated because there isn’t enough data.

South China Cookiecutter Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat.