Chlamydoselachus africana Ebert & Compagno, 2009
African frilled shark
Chlamydoselachus africana
photo by Ebert, D.A.

Family:  Chlamydoselachidae (Frilled sharks)
Max. size:  99 cm TL (male/unsexed); 117 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 300 - 1400 m
Distribution:  Southeastern Atlantic: Angola to Namibia (Ref. 81930).
Diagnosis:  An external morphologically similar looking, smaller-sized Chlamydoselachus (to at least 1170 mm TL) with a proportionally long head length 17.3–17.9% TL, prepectoral length 15.1–17.7% TL, predorsal fin length 62.6–64.5% TL, head height 6.2–8.6% TL and width 6.6–8.9% TL, broad interorbital width (5.7–6.4% TL) and internarial width (3.9–4.8% TL), mouth broad (6.0–8.1% TL), gill openings long, analcaudal fin space (0.2–1.3% TL), pectoral fin length (8.8–9.6% TL), pelvic fin length (11.6–15.4% TL), meannumber of upper tooth rows (x = 28.8), pectoral mesopterygial radial counts (7), metapterygial radial counts (8), anal fin radials (30), total vertebral counts (147), MP vertebral count (18), DP count (76), DC count (52), MP/DP transition just posterior to the pelvic fins, spiral intestinal valve counts 26–28 (Ref. 81930).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 24 April 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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