Cirrhigaleus barbifer

Tanaka, 1912

Mandarin dogfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Squalidae

Reference of the original description
Tanaka, S. (1912)
Figures and descriptions of the fishes of Japan, including the Riukiu Islands, Bonin Islands, Formosa, Kurile Islands, Korea, and southern Sakhalin. Figures and Descriptions of the Fishes of Japan, 9: 145–164

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Cirrhigaleus barbulifer, Phaenopogon barbulifer, Squalus barbifer

Cirrhigaleus barbifer
Holotype: ZUMT: 3397;
Phaenopogon barbulifer
Holotype: SU: 13901

Description :

Citation: Cirrhigaleus barbifer Tanaka, 1912: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Cirrhigaleus barbifer Tanaka, 1912, © FAO,
Common names
spa Tollo mandarín, fra \(T\) Squale moustache, eng Mandarin dogfish, eng Mandarin shark

Short Description
Recognized by its tremendous, mandarin-like nasal barbels [518].

Western Pacific: southeastern Honshu in Japan, New South Wales in Australia, New Zealand, and Torres Island in Vanuatu. First record: 2013: Western Australia (Rottnest Island in Western Australia (32°03′S 115°21′E, WAM P.33376.001: one 986 mm TL mature male, one 1255 mm TL gravid female with 22 embryos) [17964]; Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Ovoviviparous with 10 young in a litter (5 per uterus). Found on the uppermost continental and insular slopes, and probably the outer continental-insular shelves.. Probably feeds on bottom fishes and some invertebrates.

Size / Weight / Age
126 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 140 - 650 m [578]


Links: SEM-images of teeth

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