Scymnodon plunketi (Waite 1910)


Other Names: Lord Plunkets Shark, Lord Plunket's Shark, Plunket Shark, Plunkets Dogfish, Plunket's Dogfish, Plunkets Shark, Plunket's Shark, Waites Deepsea Dogfish, Waite's Deepsea Dogfish

Plunket's Dogfish, Proscymnodon plunketi. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:

A stout, greyish-brown dogfish with a short snout and very broad pectoral fins. Notable for having smaller teeth in the upper jaw, near the symphysis. Juveniles having more grey than brown. Congregates in schools dependent on size and sex.


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Scymnodon plunketi (Waite 1910)

More Info


Depth

240-1550 m

Distribution

From Portland (Victoria) to Port Macquarie (New South Wales), including Tasmania. Also found off New Zealand and the southern Indian Ocean. Found on the continental and insular slopes of these zones at depths of 240-1550 m.

Features

A stout, greyish-brown dogfish with a short snout and very broad pectoral fins. First dorsal fin slightly smaller than the second, both with small and robust spines. Notable for having smaller teeth in the upper jaw, near the symphysis.

Feeding

Feeds on cephalopods and fish.

Biology

A Viviparous (likely matrotrophic) species, with large litters of up to 36 young. Males mature at about 18 years of ages and 110 cm, females mature at about 29 years of age and 130 cm.  

Fisheries

Taken primarily as bycatch, caught for its liver oil and flesh. Susceptible to over fishing due to unproductive biological traits.

Author

Wood, D.R. 2018

Scymnodon plunketi (Waite 1910)

References


Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37020013

Biology:Viviparous (likely matrotrophic)

Depth:240 – 1550 m

Max Size:170 cm TL

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