Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes
(Sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Squalidae
Etymology: Squalus: Genus name from Latin 'squalus' meaning shark (Ref. 6885, 27436); quasimodo: Named for the hunchback of Notre-Dame (19th Century novel by Victor Hugo), referring to its most noticeable character - body conspicuously robust and humped dorsally.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Southwest Atlantic: known as an endemic species in southern Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 85.0 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 116 - 121. This species can be distinguished from its congeners through the following set of characters: body which is conspicuously robust and humped dorsally; second dorsal fin is upright and markedly tall (height 4.0%, 4.7%-5.3% TL); first and second dorsal-fin spines are elongated (first dorsal-fin spine length 4.3%, 3.3%-4.3% TL and second dorsal-fin spine length 4.4%, 3.9%-4.3% TL), and broad at base (first spine base length 0.9%, 0.7%-1.0% TL; second spine base length 1.0%, 0.8%-0.9% TL); caudal fin have a conspicuous rectangular dorsal lobe; the dermal denticles are tricuspid, markedly imbricate and broad at crown; differs from S. bahiensis by having a larger pectoral-fin anterior margin length, 15.9%, 15.5%-16.0% TL (vs. 14.3%, 14.4%-14.5% TL) and more elongate first dorsal-fin spine, its length 4.3%, 3.3%-4.3% TL (vs. 2.8%, 2.9%-3.0% TL), has a larger first dorsal fin with greater anterior margin length, 11.2%, 10.8%-11.4% TL (vs. 10.5%, 10.3%-10.6% TL) and fin base (length 8.2%, 7.7%-8.5% TL vs. 7.5%, 7.2%-7.3% TL, respectively); differs from S. lobularis by having a greater interdorsal distance, 26.4%, 24.0%-25.8% TL (vs. 22.3%, 21.9%-23.6% TL) (Ref. 109601).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
de F. Viana, S.T., M.R. De Carvalho and U.L. Gomes, 2016. Taxonomy and morphology of species of the genus Squalus Linnaeus, 1758 from the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Squalidae). Zootaxa 4133(1):1-89. (Ref. 109601)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00347 - 0.02507), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (67 of 100) .