Scymnodalatias albicauda

Taniuchi & Garrick, 1986

Whitetail dogfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Somniosidae

Reference of the original description
Taniuchi, T. & Garrick, J.A.F. (1986)
A new species of Scymnodalatias from the southern oceans, and comments on other squaliform sharks. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology, 33(2), 119–134

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Scymnodalatias albicauda
Holotype: FUMT: P 197; Paratype: NMNZ: P09511;

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Citation: Scymnodalatias albicauda Taniuchi & Garrick, 1986: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2022

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Scymnodalatias albicauda TANIUCHI & GARRICK, 1986, © FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ebert, D.A. 2014. On Board Guide for the Identification of Pelagic Sharks and Rays of the Western Indian Ocean. Reproduced with permission, illustration by Marc Dando , Wildlife Illustrator
Common names
eng Whitetail dogfish

Short Description
Grey and white, mottled with large brown or black spots; tail mostly white with black tips [578]. Dorsal fins small, pectoral fins angular, and an asymmetric caudal fin with a dark-tipped upper lobe [1388].

Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia. Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.

Probably ovoviviparous [1388], with at least 59 young [578]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
111 cm TL (male/unsexed; [578])

bathypelagic; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 150 - 510 m [1388]

tooth formula (upper/lower): 25/15 [1131];

Links: SEM-images of teeth

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