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| Common names: shark (English), cañabota (Espanol), tiburón (Espanol) |
Notorynchus cepedianus (Péron, 1807)
Broadnose sevengill shark
A large shark; fusiform body; head and snout wide, rounded; eyes small; upper front teeth small, with 1 large oblique point and 1-2 small points at rear base, side teeth more saw-like; lower teeth large, wide with oblique saw-like row of small teeth along top; seven long gill slits, none over pectoral base; 1 dorsal fin, at rear of body near tail; tail with small lower lobe.
Grey above, white below; many small black &/or white spots scattered over body and fins.
Size: 300 cm, perhaps 400 cm.
Habitat: demersal and midwater; sandy bottoms.
Depth: 0-136 m, usually 1-50 m.
A subtropical to warm temperate species from the Pacific, both sides of the Atlantic and the south-west Indian Ocean; enters the northern (Baja) and southern (Colombia to Chile) fringes of our region.