Genus Centrophorus


Medium-sized (to 1.7 m) bottom-dwelling sharks found worldwide on the continental shelf.  Six species are known from Australian waters. Populations of many species have been overfished, including two Australian species - Centrophorus harrissoni and C. zeehaani.

Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Centrophorus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Mar 2023,


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in south-east Australian waters. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 583-595. doi:10.1071/MF10158

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