Family: Somniosidae – Sleeper sharks
Common Name– Dogfish Sharks
Common Name– Sleeper Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: The immature male taken was 10.2 inches.
Teeth and Jaw: The mouth is long, and broadly arched. The lower teeth are large and blade-like. They are un-serrated and inter-locked with strongly oblique cups. There are fewer upper teeth than lower teeth. The tooth row counts are 33 and 42.
Head: The Sparsetooth dogfish has a long and pointed snout. The eyes are horizontally elongated.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Sparsetooth dogfish was found in the open ocean in the Southeast Pacific. They are thought to be oceanic. This specimen was caught near the surface between 0 and 656 feet. Depths there are between 6562 and 13, 123 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Sparsetooth dogfish is uniformly dark brown. There are no dorsal fin spines. The ventral tail lobe is weakly developed. The lower tail margin is about half as long as the upper tail margin.
Biology and Reproduction: The Sparsetooth dogfish is thought to be ovoviviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Sparsetooth Dogfish Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.