Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Viper Dogfish

This shark’s teeth resemble those of Goblin SharksFrilled Sharks and Viperfish, but it’s actually a squaloid. This is remarkable because no other dogfish sharks have teeth that are so large, slender, and widely-spaced; they would appear to be more suited for grasping rather than cutting prey. This species was first discovered off Japan in 1986, described as Trigonognathus kabeyai in 1990, and given the common name “Viper Dogfish” in 2000.

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