Chlamydoselachus africana


Classification: Elasmobranchii Hexanchiformes Chlamydoselachidae

Reference of the original description
EBERT, D.A. & COMPAGNO, L.J.V. (2009)
Chlamydoselachus africana, a new species of frilled shark from southern Africa (Chondrichthyes, Hexanchiformes, Chlamydoselachidae). Zootaxa, 2173: 1–18

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Chlamydoselachus africana
Holotype: SAM: 31028; Paratype: RUSI: 2424; RUSI: 2423; SAM: 36076; USNM: 203466;

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Citation: Chlamydoselachus africana EBERT & COMPAGNO, 2009: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Chlamydoselachus africana EBERT & COMPAGNO, 2009 © David Ebert
Short Description
An external morphologically similar looking, smaller-sized Chlamydoselachus (to at least 1170 mm TL) with a proportionally long head length 17.3–17.9% TL, prepectoral length 15.1–17.7% TL, predorsal fin length 62.6–64.5% TL, head height 6.2–8.6% TL and width 6.6–8.9% TL, broad interorbital width (5.7–6.4% TL) and internarial width (3.9–4.8% TL), mouth broad (6.0–8.1% TL), gill openings long, analcaudal fin space (0.2–1.3% TL), pectoral fin length (8.8–9.6% TL), pelvic fin length (11.6–15.4% TL), meannumber of upper tooth rows (x = 28.8), pectoral mesopterygial radial counts (7), metapterygial radial counts (8), anal fin radials (30), total vertebral counts (147), MP vertebral count (18), DP count (76), DC count (52), MP/DP transition just posterior to the pelvic fins, spiral intestinal valve counts 26–28 (Ref. 81930).

Southeastern Atlantic: Angola to Namibia (Ref. 81930).

Tropical; 12°S - 27°S, 13°E - 16°E

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 99.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81930); 117 cm TL (female)

Benthopelagic; marine; depth range 300 - 1400 m (Ref. 81930)

shark-references Species-ID=8218;