Creature Feature Friday - Frilled Shark

Creature Feature – Frilled Shark

Continuing with spooky season, in honour of Halloween, this week’s featured creature is the Frilled Shark!

The frilled shark is a prehistoric-looking shark that lives in the open ocean and spends much of its time in deep, dark waters. It gets it’s name from the frilly appearance of its gill slits.

Frilled Shark


Scientific Name: Chlamydoselachus anguineus

Phylum: Chordata

Order: Hexanchiformes

Family: Chlamydoselachidae

Genus: Chlamydoselachus

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Frilled Shark Fact File

? Size: Males can reach a length of up 1.9m, whilst females reach up to 1.35m. Individuals can weigh up to around 90kg

? Distribution: Although their habitat extends almost worldwide, it has a patchy distribution. Populations occur in continental slopes off Norway, northern Scotland and western Ireland, and south as far as northern Namibia. Other populations occur in the eastern Pacific off southern California and northern Chile; in the west Pacific, off south-east Japan, eastern Australia and New Zealand

? Diet: They primarily feed on squid however will eat a variety of fishes and other sharks

? Behaviour: This species is only very rarely encountered in the wild, so little is known about their ecology. The limited information we do have is based on dissections of animals captured in fisheries or observation of captive animals. Frilled sharks reproduce via internal fertilization and give live birth

? IUCN Status: Least Concern. Little is known about the population trends of this species, and it is rarely encountered by humans. In some places they are accidentally caught as bycatch. Despite their ‘Least Concern’ designation, some experts consider the species to be ‘Near Threatened’ with extinction