Dalatias licha


Kitefin shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Dalatiidae

Reference of the original description
Ichthyologie. Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes de la nature. Paris, 215 p., pl. A–B + 1–100.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dalatias bassanii, Dalatias brevipinnis, Dalatias cf. licha, Dalatias lica, Dalatias lichia, Dalatias phillippsi, Dalatias sparophagus, Dalatias tachiensis, Isistius acutus, Pseudoscymnus boshuensis, Scimnus phillippsi, Scymnorhinus brevipinnis, Scymnorhinus licha, Scymnorhinus lichia, Scymnorhinus phillippsi, Scymnus acutus, Scymnus licha, Scymnus lichia, Scymnus majori, Scymnus nicaeensis, Scymnus vulgaris, Scymnus (Scymnus) lichia, Squalus americanus, Squalus licha, Squalus nicaeensis, Squalus nicensis, Squalus scymnus

Dalatias licha

Dalatias tachiensis
Holotype: NTUM: 7234001;
Pseudoscymnus boshuensis
Holotype: SU: 29535
Scymnorhinus brevipinnis
Holotype: SAIAB: 27;
Scymnorhinus phillippsi
Holotype: AMS: E.3702; Paratype: AMS: E.5532; AMS: I.12876; AMS: I.12875; AMS: I.12875.001;
Squalus nicaeensis
Syntype: MNHN: B-0842

Description :

Citation: Dalatias licha (BONNATERRE, 1788): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2019

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Dalatias licha (BONNATERRE, 1788), Pico, Azores, Portugal, found at 20.08.14 and conserved, the voucher is at ZSM (1703-PRT-2013-0016) © Jeremy Hübner
Common names
deu \(T\) Darkie Charlie, deu \(T\) Dunkler Hai, deu \(T\) Schokoladenhai, spa Carocho, spa Gata, spa Gata tramolla, spa Lija, spa Lija negra, fra \(T\) Squale liche, eng Black shark, eng Darkie charlie, eng Kitefin shark, eng Kitefm Shark, eng Seal shark, ita Cani monicu, ita Diavolo, ita Diavulu di funnu, ita Naire, ita Neigra, ita Paddottula, ita Stire verde, ita Zegrine, ita Zigrino, ita Zigrino negro, por Carocho, por Gata, por Gata-lixa, por Gato, por Lixa-de-pau, por Negra, por Pailona, por Peixelim, por Trabolha

Short Description
Moderately sized, short- and blunt-snouted shark with two almost equal-sized dorsal fins; papillose thick lips; small slender-cusped upper teeth and very large lower teeth with erect triangular serrated cusps and distal blades; first dorsal fin on back with its origin behind the pectoral rear tips and its base closer to the pectoral base than the pelvic fins; and caudal fin with the ventral lobe not expanded [518]. Dark grey-brown to black; trailing edges of fins translucent [578].

Western Atlantic: Georges Bank and northern Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland [20065], Scotland, and Irish Atlantic slope to Morocco, western Mediterranean, Madeira to Cameroon. Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique and South Africa. Western Pacific: Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Central Pacific: Hawaii. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: reliable: based on ex-vessel price for this species

Ovoviviparous [518]. 10-20 young born at 30-42 cm [578]; 10-16 young born at 30 cm TL [2539]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Found on the continental shelf and slope (Ref. 75154). Feeds on fish and benthic organisms (Ref. 568).

Size / Weight / Age
182 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20048])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 37 - 1800 m [518], usually 200 - 1800 m [518]

tooth formula (upper/lower): 16-21/17-20 [17836];

copyright by: Imaging and Analysis Centre, Natural History Museum

Links: SEM-images of teeth

shark-references Species-ID=1718; link to 3D Model

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Squalonchocotyle euzeti KHEDDAM, JUSTINE & TAZEROUTI, 2016 [24914]

  • Otodistomum veliporum (CREPLIN, 1837) STAFFORD, 1904 [16602] [26577]