In the family of lantern sharks there are many little-known sharks (the deep sea holds many secrets). One of them is the Bareskin dogfish or Jelly shark (Centroscyllium kamoharai).

This shark species was first named in 1966 and has been found rarely since then. Living in a depth range of 1,600 ft to 4,000 ft -500 m to 1.2 km- in the western Pacific, it is a small shark: mature at 15 in – 40 cm- and a maximum length of 23 in -60 cm. The IUCN considers the Jelly shark like other deepwater dogfishes as highly vulnerable to bycatch, but doesn’t has enough data yet. Since in the meantime monster boats are catching indiscriminately giant amounts of deepwater fish for fish meal every day, there is a risk that enough data may come to late.

The one distinct feature of the Bareskin dogfish are its sparse denticles. I don’t want to expose you to the few images of this shark I found (trust me), so I post an image of normally denticled shark skin instead. This shark doesn’t seem to need that, maybe because it doesn’t swim fast.

shark skin magnified 30 times
shark skin magnified 30 times

Sources: here and here

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