Gulper Shark, Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

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Gulper Shark, Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

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West of Dirk Hartog Island to west of Montebello Islands, Western Australia, and  from northeast Queensland to off Wooli, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Species Citation

Squalus granulosus Bloch & Schneider 1801, Systema Ichthyologiae: 135. Type locality: off Puerto Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, 28°19.0 - 21.55'N, 16°19.4 - 13.45'W, Neotype.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Gulper Shark, Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)


Bloch, M.E. & Schneider, J.G. 1801. Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus ex Illustratum. Berlin 584 pp. 110 pls. 

Compagno, L.J.V., Dando, M. & Fowler, S. 2005. A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World. London : Collins 368 pp. (as C. granulosus and C. acus)

Compagno, L.J.V. & Niem, V.H. 1998. Hexanchidae, Echinorhinidae, Squalidae. pp. 1208-1232 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 2 687-1396 pp. (as C. granulosus and C. niaukang)

Cotton, C.F., Grubbs, R.D., Dyb, J.E., Fossen, I. & Musick, J.A. 2015. Reproduction and embryonic development in two species of squaliform sharks, Centrophorus granulosus and Etmopterus princeps: evidence of matrotrophy? Deep Sea Research II 115: 41–54. Abstract

Garman, S. 1906. New Plagiostomia. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 46(11): 201-208 (as Centrophorus acus)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. 

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. (as C. niaukang and C. acus)

Moyer, J.K. & Bemis, W.E. 2016. Tooth Microstructure and Replacement in the Gulper Shark, Centrophorus granulosus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae). Copeia 104(2): 529- 538.

Müller, J. & Henle, F.G.J. 1837. Gattungen der Haifische und Rochen, nach ihrer Arbeit: "Ueber die Naturgeschichte der Knorpelfische". Bericht der Königlisch Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1836: 111-118 

Teng, H.-T. 1959. Studies on the elasmobranch fishes from Formosa. Pt. 6. A new species of deep-sea shark (Centrophorus niaukang) from Formosa. Reports of the Laboratory of Fishery Biology of the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute, Keelung 9: 1-6 (as Centrophorus niaukang)

White, W.T., D.A. Ebert, G.J.P. Naylor, H-C. Ho, P. Clerkin, A. Veríssimo & C.F. Cotton. 2013. Revision of the genus Centrophorus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae): Part 1--Redescription of Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider), a senior synonym of C. acus Garman and C. niaukang Teng. Zootaxa 3752(1): 35-72.

White, W.T., Ebert, D.A. & Compagno, L.J.V. 2008. Description of two new species of gulper sharks, genus Centrophorus (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Centrophoridae) from Australia. pp. 1-21 in Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds). Descriptions of new Australian chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 1-358

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CAAB Code:37020023

Behaviour:150 cm TL

Depth:100–1200 m


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