Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Chondrichthyes  
 Order Lamniformes  
 Family Mitsukurinidae  
 Genus Mitsukurina  
  Mitsukurina owstoni  Jordan, 1898 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Odontaspis nasutusScapanorhynchus dofleiniScapanorhynchus jordaniScapanorhynchus mitsukuriiScapanorhynchus owstoni  details
Citation: Fishbase(2005)
Character: This is an unmistakable shark. Snout extremely elongated, blade-like and flattened. Eyes length 1.0-2.4 % of precaudal length. Length of 1st gill opening 4.6-5.9 % of precaudal length. Position of all gill opening anterior to pectoral-fin bases. Internal gill slits without gill rakers. Jaws strongly protrusable to about opposite snout tip but not greately distensible laterally. Caudal peduncle compressed and without lateral keels or precaudal pits. Pectoral fins short and broad. Pelvic fins large, larger than dorsal fins. Caudal fin not lunate, dorsal lobe long but half length of rest of shark or less, ventral lobe no developed. Total vertebral count 122-125, precaudal count 53-56. 
Habitat: This is a poorly known, bottom-dwelling shark. Most records are on or near the continental slops in depth between 270 and 960 m but down to at least 1300 m. Very little is known about its biology. Maximum total length at least 384 cm. Size at birth unkno 
Distribution: Western Atlantic including Guinea, Surinam, French Guyana. Eastern Atlantic including France (Bay of Biscay), Madeira, Portugal, Senegal, Gulf of Guinea, South Africa (Western Cape). Western Indian Ocean including South Africa and Mozambique. Western Paci 
Utility: This species taken as bycatch of deepwater trawl fisheries and sometimes taken with deepwater longlines, deep-set gill nets. Utilized as fresh or dries-salted for human consumption. 
Name Code: 383457
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