Centroscyllium ornatum

Scientific Name:-
Centroscyllium ornatum

Common Name:-
Ornate Dogfish

Malayalam Name:-
Madiyan Alankara Sravu


Data Deficient in IUCN Redlist of species. Image courtesy: FAO


Body moderately stout and compressed, preoral snout moderately long, about half of distance from mouth to pectoral origins; mouth narrowly arched, nearly half as high as wide. Second dorsal fin somewhat larger than first; pectoral apices when laid back ending about opposite to first dorsal spine origin. Caudal peduncle moderately long, distance from second dorsal insertion to upper caudal origin about as long as distance from eye to third gill slits. No anal fin. Grooved dorsal fin spines, teeth with narrow cusps and cusplets in upper and lower jaws. Lateral trunk denticles close-set, conical and with hooked cusps. Colour blackish, without white fin tips or prominent black markings on underside of body and sides of tail.


Not recorded.


Found in deepwater on the continental slopes of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, at depths between 520 and 1,260 m.


Marine; deep water



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Alcock, A (1994) A descriptive catalogue of the Indian deep sea fishes in the Indian museum Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
McCormack, C. 2009. Centroscyllium ornatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T161578A5455949. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T161578A5455949.en . Downloaded on 15 September 2015.
Venkataraman, K., John Milton, M.C. and Raghuram, K.P. 2003. Handbook on Sharks of Indian Waters: Diversity, Fishery status, Trade and Conservation. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata.
Image courtesy: FAO

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