Ornate Dogfish

The ornate dogfish is a species of dogfish shark about whom a lot remains unknown.

Ornate Dogfish Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Squaliformes
Family Etmopteridae
Genus Centroscyllium
Scientific Name C. ornatum


On average, these sharks are about 11.8 inches, though some reach about 19.6 inches. Its body is compressed and stout, with a moderately long pre-oral snout. The mouth is narrowly arched.

The second dorsal fin is larger than the first, and the caudal fin has a short peduncle.

Ornate dogfish have a uniformly black or dark coloration.

Where do they live

Map Of The Ornate Dogfish Shark’s Habitat

Ornate dogfish Habitat Map

These sharks live in the Indian Ocean, notably across both sides of the Indian subcontinent, i.e., both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Its depth range is between 1706 and 4133 ft, indicating that it is a deepwater shark living on the continental slopes.



Ornate dogfish give live birth, i.e., they are ovoviviparous.

Interactions with humans

Very little is known about this shark, leading to the IUCN classifying it as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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