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CAAB: 37020023

Species Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Gulper Shark, Taiwan Gulper Shark


Generic Combinations



This species was recently redescribed by White et al. (2013) who treat C. acus and C. niaukang as junior synonyms, thus increasing the distribution to include Australia.




New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

West of Dirk Hartog Island (26°05’ S) to west of Montebello Islands (20°25’ S), WA, and from northeast Queensland to off Wooli in NSW (29°58’ S); tropical, Indo-west Pacific, Atlantic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasman Basin Province (13), Central Eastern Transition (15), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Central Western Transition (5)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: continental slope.


Extra Ecological Information

100-1000 m


General References

Compagno, L.J.V., Dando, M. & Fowler, S. 2005. A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World. London : Collins 368 pp. [83] (non Australian records and p. 82 as Centrophorus acus)

Compagno, L.J.V. & Niem, V.H. 1998. Hexanchidae, Echinorhinidae, Squalidae. pp. 1208-1232 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 2 687-1396 pp. [1223] (and p. 1224 as C. niaukang)

Hoese, D.F. & Gates, J.E. 2006. Families Dalatiidae and Centrophoridae. pp. 140-152 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [150]

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. [55]

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. [62] (as Centrophorus niaukang and C. acus)

White, W.T., Ebert, D.A., Naylor, G.J.P., Ho, H-C., Clerkin, P., Veríssimo, A. & Cotton, C.F. 2013. Revision of the genus Centrophorus (Squaliformes: Centrophoridae): Part 1—Redescription of Centrophorus granulosus (Bloch & Schneider), a senior synonym of C. acus Garman and C. niaukang Teng. Zootaxa 3752(1): 35-72 [43]

White, W.T., Ebert, D.A. & Compagno, L.J.V. 2008. Description of two new species of gulper sharks, genus Centrophorus (Chondrichthyes: Squaliformes: Centrophoridae) from Australia. pp. 1-21 in Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds). Descriptions of new Australian chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 1-358


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
CENTROPHORIDAE 07-Feb-2014 ADDED Dr Doug Hoese