Dalatias licha

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
DalatiidaeDalatias licha(Bonnaterre)1788Kitefin Shark

Dalatias licha

Unique Characters: Head with 5 gill slits, all anterior to pectoral fins, the fifth not abruptly longer than the others; spiracles always present, large and just behind eyes. Eyes on sides of head, without nictitating eyelids. Teeth strong-cusped, dissimilar in both jaws, upper teeth narrow, and needle-like, without cusplets; lower teeth compressed, broad, blade-like, and without cusplets, adjacent teeth imbricated, upper teeth much smaller than lowers. Two dorsal fins without spines on their anterior margins. No anal fin.

Similar Species: None.

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