Deania quadrispinosa

(Mcculloch, 1915)

Longsnout dogfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Centrophoridae

Reference of the original description
McCulloch, A.R. (1915)
Report on some fishes obtained by the F.I.S. ENDEAVOUR on the coasts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South and southwestern Australia. Part III. Biological Results Endeavour, 3(3), 97–170

Image of the original description

Acanthidium quadrispinosa McCulloch, 1915 valid as Deania quadrispinosa, Plate 14, 683 mm TL, from south of Gabo Island, Victoria.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Acanthidium quadrispinosa, Acanthidium quadrispinosum, Deania quadrispinosum, Deania quadrispinosus, Deaniops quadrispinosus

Deania quadrispinosa
Holotype: AMS: E.5452 (lost) ; Paratype: AMS: I.13536; NMV: R.5949 (ex AMS E.4308) (1) QM: I.2325 (ex AMS E.4331) SAMA: F 200 (ex AMS E.4307);

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Citation: Deania quadrispinosa (Mcculloch, 1915): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2024

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Common names
spa Tollo trompalarga, fra \(T\) Squale-savate à long nez, eng Longsnout dogfish, por Sapata

Short Description
Extremely long snout, grooved dorsal fin spines, compressed cutting teeth in both jaws, moderately large, pitchfork-shaped denticles, no subcaudal keel on underside of caudal peduncle, first dorsal fin short and high [518]. Dark brown, grey, or black in color; juveniles with a dark blotch on each dorsal fin [578].

Southeast Atlantic: off Namibia and off Algoa Bay, South Africa. Indo-West Pacific: off southern Mozambique and Natal, South Africa; Australia and New Zealand [1388]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

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

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 150 - 1360 m (Ref. 44037), usually 400 - 820 m [1388]

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