Cirrhigaleus asper

(MERRETT, 1973)

Roughskin spurdog
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Squalidae

Reference of the original description
MERRETT, N.R. (1973)
A new shark of the genus Squalus (Squalidae: Squaloidea) from the equatorial western Indian Ocean; with notes on Squalus blainvillei. Journal of Zoology, 171 (1): 93–110

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Squalus asper

Cirrhigaleus asper
Holotype: BMNH: 1972.10.10.1; Paratype: BMNH: 1972.10.10.4; BMNH: 1972.10.10.2; BMNH: 1972.10.10.3;

Description :

Citation: Cirrhigaleus asper (MERRETT, 1973): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Common names
spa Galludo raspa, fra \(T\) Aiguillat à peau rugueuse, eng Roughskin Dogfish, eng Roughskin dogshark, eng Roughskin spiny dogfish, eng Roughskin spurdog, por Quelme rugoso

Short Description
A heavy-bodied dogfish with a blunt, rounded snout, large denticles and noticeably rough skin; body without spots; 1st dorsal fin spine behind pectoral fins [536]. Dark grey or brown above, lighter below; white edges on fins [536]; juveniles brown (Ref. 6577).

Western Atlantic: North Carolina to the Florida Keys (Ref. 3814) and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Western Indian Ocean: southern Mozambique to South Africa; also Reunion, Comoros, and the Aldabra islands [20041]. Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands.
First record: 2019: off Venezuela [27305] Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Ovoviviparous, with 21 to 22 young in a litter. Found on the upper continental and insular slopes [518]. Feeds on bony fishes and squids (Ref. 5213).

Size / Weight / Age
120 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 650 m [13336]

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