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Pentanchus spongiceps (Gilbert, 1905)
Synonym for Apristurus spongiceps (Gilbert, 1905)

  Original name  
  Check ECoF  
  Current accepted name  
  Status details  
senior synonym, new combination
  Status ref.  
In Fowler 1941.
  Etymology of generic noun  
  from ETYFish
penta, from pente (Gr.), five; -anchus, perhaps an abridgement of branchos (Gr.), gill, referring to five pairs of branchial apertures (gill slits), unique among the group of sharks (hexanchoid) in which the authors erroneously believed this shark belonged. (See ETYFish)
  Etymology of specific epithet  
  from ETYFish
spongia (L.), sponge; ceps (New Latin), head, referring to its soft and spongy snout. (See ETYFish)
  Link to references  
References using the name as accepted
  Link to other databases  

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Scharpf, C. The ETYFish Project, Fish Name Etymology Database.
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