Defining Characteristics

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Family Mitsukurinidae

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Lamniformes

Family: Mitsukurinidae

Genus: Mitsukurina

Species: Mitsukurina owstoni
Defining Characteristics:

  • Elongated, flattened snout with electroreceptors

  • Mouth ventral

  • Jaws highly protrusible

  • Small eyes

  • Five gill slits

  • Anal fin broadly rounded

  • Upper lobe of caudal fin long (~ ½ length of body

  • Lower lobe of caudal fin not developed

  • Vertebrae 122-125

  • Body length 107-380 cm, max 3.8 m

  • Pale grey, brown, to pink due to blood vessels visible through the skin


Feeding Behavior:

  • Protrusion of jaws accompanied by depression of tongue = rapid buccal cavity expansion allows for swallowing of relatively large prey and occlusion of upper and lower teeth prevents small prey from escaping.

  • Probably hangs motionless in the water column detecting approaching prey with the ampullae of Lorenzini along its snout.

  • Prey items: Crabs, squid, mesopelagic teleosts, octopus, ~ ostracod


Population Status:

  • IUCN Red List: Least concern

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(Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae), from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, Vol. 24: 167-171

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Hamlett, W. C., 1999. Sharks, Skates, and Rays the Biology of Elasmobranch Fishes. The John Hopkins University Press. pp. 19, 20.

IUCN 2007. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 01 October 2007.

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Amber McCammon 4/22/2016

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