Cirrhigaleus barbifer Tanaka, 1912
Mandarin dogfish
photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan

Family:  Squalidae (Dogfish sharks)
Max. size:  126 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 140 - 650 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: southeastern Honshu in Japan, New South Wales in Australia, New Zealand, and Torres Island in Vanuatu.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Recognized by its tremendous, mandarin-like nasal barbels (Ref. 247).
Biology:  Found on the uppermost continental and insular slopes, and probably the outer continental-insular shelves (Ref. 31367). Probably feeds on bottom fishes and some invertebrates (Ref. 247). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205), with 10 pups in a litter (Ref. 247). Although not utilized commercially, the liver is relatively high in squalene oil (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 08 July 2007 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 06.01.05
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 15.05.98

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