Genie’s Dogfish

The genie’s dogfish is a dogfish discovered in 2018 in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Named after ichthyologist Eugenie Clark, popularly known as “Shark Lady” for her work on shark behavior, it was once considered the same as the shortspine spurdog until genetic analysis differentiated the two.

Genie’s Dogfish Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Squaliformes
Family Squalidae
Genus Squalus
Scientific Name S. clarkae


This shark’s most notable feature is its eyes which are massive compared to the rest of its body. These sharks are relatively small, around 20-28 inches long.

It has an overall grey appearance, with the underside being much lighter. There are black markings on the first dorsal and caudal fins.

Where do they live

These sharks are distributed throughout the Gulf of Mexico in the western Atlantic.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classifies this shark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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