Off Sydney, NSW (33°47'S) to off eastern, southern and western TAS; temperate, discontinuous (antitropical, eastern North Atlantic, southern Africa, Japan, California, New Zealand). A shark was caught in January 2015 from 700m off Lakes Entrance, VIC.
Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12)
FAO Species Catalogue, Vol.4 Sharks of the world
A body slender and eel-like shark species, with a prominent keels on both sides of abdomen. Head with 6 pairs of gill slits, the lower ends of the first gill slits connected to each other across throat. Snout very short and truncated, mouth terminal on head. Teeth alike in both upper and lower jaws, with three strong cusps and a pair of intermediate cusplets, not saw or bladelike. One dorsal fin. Anal fin larger than dorsal fin. Caudal fin without a subterminal notch.
A very rare, little known deepwater shark. Benthic on the outer continental and insular shelves and upper slopes, at depth 120-1280. Ovoviviparous, number of embryos 8-12. Maximum size about 196 cm, size at birth estimated to be about 39 cm. Size at matur
Eastern Atlantic from northern Norway to the Atlantic Slope off northern Scotland and western Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania, Madeira, Angola, northern Namibia. Western Indian Ocean off South Africa. Western Pacific off Japan, Taiwa
This species were taken incidentally in bottom trawls catches. Stock size is very limited. Utilized for fishmeal for human consumption.