Gulper shark

Common Name: Gulper shark

Scientific Name: *Centrophorus granulosus

Description: The gulper shark (Centrophorus granulosus) is a long and slender dogfish usually about three feet in length generally found in deep, murky waters all around the world. This tertiary consumer feeds on mainly fish such as bony fish, but also cephalopods such as squid and other invertebrates like crustaceans. The gulper shark is currently a vulnerable species mainly because of exploitation by humans and their abnormally long gestation period and low fecundity, preventing their population from recovering.

OSPAR Regions where it occurs: IV, V

OSPAR Regions where under threat and/or in decline: IV, V

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What is the latest status of the gulper shark?

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