Scymnodon obscurus

(VAILLANT, 1888)

Smallmouth velvet dogfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Squaliformes Somniosidae

Reference of the original description
VAILLANT, L.L. (1888)
Expéditions scientifiques du «Travailleur» et du «Ta­lisman» pendant les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883. Poissons. 1–406, pl. 1–28.

Scymnodon obscurus
Holotype: MNHN: 1884-0388;

Description :

Citation: Scymnodon obscurus (VAILLANT, 1888): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2019

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Common names
spa Bruja boca chica, spa Bruja bocachica, fra \(T\) Squale-grogneur queue échancré, fra \(T\) Squale-grogneur à queue échan., eng Smallmouth knifetooth dogfish, eng Smallmouth velvet dogfish, por Areganhada-de-focinho-comprido

Western Atlantic: northern Gulf of Mexico, Suriname, and southern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and Faeroe Ridge to Madeira, Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal, and northwest Africa. Very close to Scymnodon squamulosus and might be a junior synonym of it [518]. Not in Compagno"quot;s 1999 checklist [529]. Source:

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

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Usually found on or near the bottom. Feeds on bottom fishes including its congener, Scymnodon ringens, and invertebrates.

Size / Weight / Age
70.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20048]); 59 cm TL (female)

benthopelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 1450 m [518], usually 550 - 1450 m [20048]