south china cookiecutter shark
Extremely rare holotype 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
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Kitefin Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
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.
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.
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.
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.