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Notorynchus cepedianus
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Notorynchus cepedianus
Hexanchus griseus
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Hexanchus griseus

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Notorynchus cepedianus
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Notorynchus cepedianus

Notorynchus cepedianus
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Notorynchus cepedianus

Main identification features
  • head wide, round
  • 1 dorsal fin behind pelvic
  • tail fin very asymmetric
  • 6 gill slits before pectoral


Six or seven large gill slits, none over pectoral base; head and snout wide, rounded; small spiracle present, well behind eye; lower teeth comblike (long, low, serrated); one dorsal fin, at rear of body near tail; tail with small lower lobe.

This family, with a two genera and three species, occurs in tropical to temperate parts of all 3 oceans; two circumglobal temperate species enter the fringes of our region.

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  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
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