Centrophoridae is a family of sharks with glowy, green eyes found nearly world-wide in cold to tropical waters mainly between 200 and 1500 meters deep. Little is known about these cylindrical sharks, but we do know that several species are social, forming schools and aggregations like other deep-sea sharks. This family includes the oldest living deep-sea shark and the slowest reproducing, making life-history studies important to protecting the species. This family includes the genus Deania, or birdbeak dogfish.
Profile Species: Gulper shark (Centrophorus granulosus)
Distribution: Widespread on continental shelves and slopes mostly between 200 and 600 meters deep.
Diet: Mainly bony fishes but also squid and crustaceans.
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