Notorynchus cepedianus

(PÉRON, 1807)

Broadnose sevengill shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Hexanchiformes Hexanchidae

Reference of the original description
PÉRON, F. (1807)
Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, exécuté par ordre de sa majesté l'Empereur et Roi, sur les Corvettes la Géographe, la Naturaliste et la Goulette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1803 et 1804. Paris. Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, 1: 1–496

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Heptanchus indicus, Heptanchus maculatus, Heptanchus pectorosus, Heptanchus platicephalus, Heptranchias cepedianus, Heptranchias haswelli, Heptranchias indicus, Heptranchias maculatus, Heptranchias pectorosus, Heptranchias platycephalus, Heptranchias spilotus, Heptranchus indicus, Notidanus indicus, Notidanus platycephalus, Notidanus (Heptanchus) indicus, Notidanus (Heptanchus) maculatus, Notidanus (Heptranchias) pectorosus, Notorhynchus borealis, Notorhynchus cepedianus, Notorhynchus maculatus, Notorhynchus ocellatus, Notorhynchus pectorosus, Notorhynchus platycephalus, Notorynchus indicus, Notorynchus macdonaldi, Notorynchus maculatum, Notorynchus maculatus, Notorynchus pectorosus, Notorynchus platycephalus, Squalus cepedianus, Squalus platicephalus, Squalus platycephalus

Notorynchus cepedianus

Heptranchias pectorosus
Holotype: MCZ: 801-S;
Notorhynchus borealis
Holotype: USNM: 110920;
Notorhynchus ocellatus
Syntype: MHNM: CI 134 MHNM: CI 137
Notorynchus macdonaldi
Holotype: AMS: IA.4640;

Description :

Citation: Notorynchus cepedianus (PÉRON, 1807): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2018

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Common names
deu \(T\) Kammzähner, deu \(T\) Siebenkiemiger Pazifischer Kammzähner, spa Cañabota gata, spa Gatita, spa Pintarroja, spa Tiburón de 7 gallas, spa Tiburón pinto, spa Tollo fume, fra \(T\) Platnez, fra \(T\) Requin malais, eng Bluntnose sevengill shark, eng Broad snouted sevengill, eng Broad-snout, eng Broadnose sevengill, eng Broadnose sevengill shark, eng Broadnose shark, eng Broadsnout sevengill shark, eng Cowshark, eng Ground shark, eng Pacific seven-gill shark, eng Seven-gill cowshark, eng Seven-gilled shark, eng Sevengill shark, eng Spotted cow shark, eng Spotted seven-gilled shark, eng Spottie, eng Tasmanian tiger shark, eng Tiger shark, por Cação-bruxa

Short Description
A large seven-gilled cowshark [536] with a wide head, short and blunt snout, and fusiform body. Dorsal fin small, origin may vary from over insertion of pelvic fins to over free rear tips of pelvic fins. Anal fin smaller than dorsal fin. Tooth count 15-16/13. Reddish-brown to silvery-grey or olive-brown with numerous small black spots on body and fins; cream below [536].
Diet: southeast Tasmania (data base 178 specimens): Teleosts were the main prey at the Derwent Estuary, occurring in 49.0% of stomachs analysed, followed by batoids (30.6%) and sharks (28.6%), while mammals (mainly seals) occurred in 12.2% of stomachs (Table 2). At a species level, southern shortfin eel Anguilla australis occurred most frequently (14.3%), followed by white-spotted spurdog Squalus acanthias (12.2%), Australian sardine Sardinops neo pilchardus (12.2%) and gummy shark Mustelus antarcticus (10.2%). Australian fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus (8.2%), southern eagle ray Myliobatis australis, banded stingaree Urolophus cruciatus and elephantfish Callorhinchus milii were also important (8.2% occurrence in each case). In Norfolk Bay, sharks were the most important prey (38.6%), followed by batoids and teleosts (27.6% in both cases), and mammals occurred in 23.6% the stomachs containing food (Table 2). At a species level, gummy shark was the most important prey (25.2% occurrence), followed by Australian fur seal (14.2%), Melbourne skate Spiniraja whitleyi (10.2%), spurdog (8.7%) and southern eagle ray (7.9%) [14363]

Circumglobal: In tropical to temperate waters; except North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. Southwest Atlantic: southern Brazil to northern Argentina. Southeast Atlantic: Namibia to East London, South Africa [536]. Western Pacific: southern Japan to New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: British Columbia, Canada to Chile. Record from India maybe erroneous. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: public aquariums

Ovoviviparous, embryos feeding solely on yolk [733], with number of young reaching 82 in a litter. Gravid females apparently drop their young in shallow bays. Size at birth between 40 [578] and 53 [518] cm. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Gestation period 12 months. The reproductive cycle appears to be biennial [432]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
300 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536]); max. published weight: 107.0 kg (Ref. 9987); max. reported age: 49 years [295], born at 40-45 cm [3365]

demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 570 m [578], usually ? - 80 m [536]

15-16/13 [3365]


Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Natatolana woodjonesi (HALE, 1924) [23898]