Mandarin Dogfish Shark

The mandarin dogfish shark is a species of dogfish living in the Pacific Ocean.

Mandarin Dogfish Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Squaliformes
Family Squalidae
Genus Cirrhigaleus
Scientific Name C. barbifer


While the exact length of this shark remains unknown, the males tend to be shorter than the females. Their bodies are stout, and there are 2-3 teeth rows on both the upper and lower jaws.

These sharks are brown to gray dorsally but paler ventrally.

Where do they live

The exact range of this shark isn’t known, with sightings not only in Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan. However, there is some confusion over this shark being seen in New Zealand and Western Australia, which might be the south Mandarin dogfish shark instead.

They prefer deep waters at 460–2,130 ft in subtropical or tropical climates.



Their diet consists of benthic fish and certain invertebrates.


Females are ovoviviparous, i.e., they give live birth to about ten pups.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN lists the mandarin dogfish as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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