A Gollum with white markings

The Whitemarked Gollumshark (Gollum sp. B) is a species of shark belonging to the family Pseudotriakidae that can be found in New Caledonia. This shark is a newly discovered shark that has not been described yet. It has characteristic traits of Gollum and can easily be identified by its pattern of white spots.

Family: Pseudotriakidae – False Catsharks and Gollumsharks

Genus: Gollum 

Species: sp. B


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles


Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Pseudotriakidae

Common NameFalse Catsharks and Gollumsharks


Speciessp. B


Average Size and Length: The length at birth is unknown, and the mature length is unknown, but they do grow to at least 60 cm/1.9 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: The mouth is large and arched.

Head: The snout is long, or longer than the Slender Smoothhound or Gollumshark, with the characteristic bell shape. It has elongated cat-like eyes.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Whitemarked Gollumshark can be found in the southwestern Pacific Ocean in New Caledonia. Their habitat is mostly unknown, but presumably deep water on the upper continental slope or the upper shelf.

Aesthetic Identification: The Whitemarked Gollumshark is grey brown above, and brownish white below. There is a characteristic pattern of a conspicuous row of white spots on the tail and bold white markings on the head and fins.

Biology and Reproduction: Unknown.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.

Whitemarked Gollumshark Future and Conservation: This shark is not evaluated. It is a more recently discovered shark that is not described yet.

Whitemarked Gollumshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to human.