The large spine velvet dogfish (Centroscymnus macracanthus) belongs to the Somniosidae family and can reach up to 68 cm in length. They are dark brown or blackish in coloration, and have rather large fin spines (hence the common name) in front of their dorsal fins.
Little is known about these animals, except that they are ovoviviparous and can be found on the continental slopes of the southeast Pacific Ocean (think Straits of Magellan), and the southwest Pacific (think New Zealand), at depths of 650 - 920 metres (m). The IUCN does not have these animals on its database.
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