Centroscyllium is a genus
In biology, a genus is a low-level taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, which is an example of definition by genus and differentia...

 of big-eyed deepwater dogfish
Squaliformes is an order of sharks that includes about 97 species in seven families.Members of the order have two dorsal fins, which usually possess spines, no anal fin or nictitating membrane, and five gill slits. In most other respects, however, they are quite variable in form and size...

es with no anal fin, a grey or black-brown body, and dorsal spines, with the second one being much larger than the first. There are seven extant species.


  • Centroscyllium excelsum Shirai
    Shirai Shigeru
    is a Japanese ichthyologist specializing in elasmobranchs, especially sharks. He graduated from University of Tokyo's Zoology Department with a PhD in Fisheries Science. He is an editor of Japan's Ichthyological Research journal and author of the book, Squalean Phylogeny.- References :...

     & Nakaya, 1990
    (Highfin dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium fabricii (J. C. H. Reinhardt
    Johan Reinhardt
    Johannes Christopher Hagemann Reinhardt was a professor in zoology at the University of Copenhagen.Born in Rendalen parish in Norway, his father, Johannes Henrik Reinhardt, was a priest, and his mother, Johanne Elisabeth Mommesen, was from Holmestrand . He was not baptized Johannes, but adopted...

    , 1825)
    (Black dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium granulatum Günther, 1887 (Granular dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium kamoharai Abe
    Tokiharu Abe
    was a Japanese ichthyologist. He worked for the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. Abe became notable for his taxonomic studies on the pufferfish from East Asia, in particalur the genus Takifugu which he first described in 1949. He described further species like Sagamichthys abei,...

    , 1966
    (Bareskin dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium nigrum Garman, 1899 (Combtooth dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium ornatum (Alcock
    Alfred William Alcock
    Alfred William Alcock was a British physician naturalist and carcinologist.Alcock was the son of a sea-captain, John Alcock in Bombay, India who retired to live in Blackheath...

    , 1889)
    (Ornate dogfish)
  • Centroscyllium ritteri Jordan
    David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan, Ph.D., LL.D. was a leading eugenicist, ichthyologist, educator and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and Stanford University.-Early life and education:...

     & Fowler
    Henry Weed Fowler
    Henry Weed Fowler was an American zoologist born in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania.He studied at Stanford University under David Starr Jordan...

    , 1903
    (Whitefin dogfish)
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