Cephalurus cephalus

Alternate names: lollipop catshark


General: Tadpole-shaped; very large gills. In the Gulf of California, these sharks co-occur with Parmaturus xaniurus and may be difficult to tell apart when distant, when small, or when P. xaniurus uncharacteristically has the gills expanded in a low O2 environment.

Geographic Information

Habitat description: Demersal.

Ocean range (global): Southern Baja, Gulf of California

Published depth range: 155 - 957 m

Additional Information

Consulting taxonomist: David Ebert, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Verified MBARI depth distribution: 571 - 920 m (Jan. 2016).


Encyclopedia of Life

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World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Compagno, L., M. Dando, and S. Fowler (2005). Sharks of the World. Princeton University Press. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK. 368 pp.

Citation: Cephalurus cephalus Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Cephalurus%20cephalus. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-12-05.
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