Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Squaliformes
(Sleeper and dogfish sharks) > Squalidae
Etymology: Squalus: Genus name from Latin 'squalus' meaning shark (Ref. 6885, 27436); clarkae: Named for Dr. Eugenie Clark for her dedication to elasmobranch biology and marine conservation.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 242 - 613 m (Ref. 120195). Tropical; 7°C - 14°C (Ref. 120195)
Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico (West Florida Slope off Tampa, Florida to west side of the head of DeSoto Canyon off Louisiana).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 55.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 120195); 72.3 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species possess a longer body, smaller interorbital space (equal to that of the mouth width which is 0.78-0.82 times the pre-oral length); short caudal fin; differently-proportioned first dorsal fin (interdorsal space, 24.6% to 25.8% of TL); relatively short snout; prenarial length 0.64-0.69 times mouth width and 1.32-1.59 times eye length; denticles wide, tricuspidate, overlapping, and rhomboid; caudal 'bar' present at the fork of the caudal fin; dorsal caudal lobe wide, and a broad rounded tip (Ref. 120195).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pfleger, M.O., R.D. Grubbs, C.F. Cotton and T.S. Daly-Engel, 2018. Squalus clarkaeSqualus mitsukurii. species complex. Zootaxa 4444(2):101-119. (Ref. 120195)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00157 - 0.00730), b=3.09 (2.92 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±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 (66 of 100) .