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Family: Dalatiidae Sleeper sharks



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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 182 cm TL
Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Photo by Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP
 
Dalatias licha
[Kitefin shark]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 42 cm TL
Euprotomicroides zantedeschia Hulley & Penrith, 1966

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Euprotomicroides zantedeschia
[Taillight shark]



Circumglobal
Max. Length 30.5 cm TL
Euprotomicrus bispinatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Euprotomicrus bispinatus
[Pygmy shark]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Heteroscymnoides marleyi Fowler, 1934

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Heteroscymnoides marleyi
[Longnose pygmy shark]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 56 cm TL
Isistius brasiliensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Photo by Photo by Harris, M.
 
Isistius brasiliensis
[Cookie cutter shark]



Atlantic
Max. Length 42 cm TL
Isistius plutodus Garrick & Springer, 1964

Photo by Photo by Sazima, I.
 
Isistius plutodus
[Largetooth cookiecutter shark]



Southeast Pacific

Mollisquama parini Dolganov, 1984

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Mollisquama parini
[Pocket shark]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Squaliolus aliae Teng, 1959

Photo by Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Squaliolus aliae
[Smalleye pygmy shark]



Nearly circumtropical. W
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Squaliolus laticaudus Smith & Radcliffe, 1912

Photo by Photo by Fischer, L.G.
 
Squaliolus laticaudus
[Spined pygmy shark]



9 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Dalatias licha Kitefin shark Western Atlantic 182 TL 1788
Euprotomicroides zantedeschia Taillight shark Southeast Atlantic 42 TL 1966
Euprotomicrus bispinatus Pygmy shark Circumglobal 30.5 TL 1824
Heteroscymnoides marleyi Longnose pygmy shark Southeast Atlantic 29 TL 1934
Isistius brasiliensis Cookie cutter shark Western Atlantic 56 TL 1824
Isistius plutodus Largetooth cookiecutter shark Atlantic 42 TL 1964
Mollisquama parini Pocket shark Southeast Pacific 1984
Squaliolus aliae Smalleye pygmy shark Western Pacific 22 TL 1959
Squaliolus laticaudus Spined pygmy shark Nearly circumtropical. W 25 TL 1912



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