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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Hexanchidae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
Subclass  Elasmobranchii
Superorder  Selachimorpha
Scientific name  Hexanchus
Higher classification  Cow shark
Order  Hexanchiformes
Hexanchus ADW Hexanchus griseus INFORMATION

Lower classifications  Bluntnose sixgill shark, Bigeyed sixgill shark

Feeding behavior of subadult sixgill sharks hexanchus griseus at a bait station

The sixgill sharks are a genus, Hexanchus, of deepwater sharks in the family Hexanchidae. These sharks are characterized by a broad, pointed head, six pairs of gill slits, comb-like, yellow lower teeth, and a long tail. It can grow up to 8 m long and weigh over 600 kg (1320 lb). They are abyssal plain scavengers with a keen sense of smell and are among the first to arrive at carrion, together with hagfish and rattails. They show a characteristic rolling motion of the head when feeding. They have been found at depths to 2,500 ft (760 m).


Hexanchus Hexanchus griseus SharkReferences

Sixgill shark hexanchus griseus investigates a subsea forensic experiment

Extant species

  • Hexanchus griseus Bonnaterre, 1788 (bluntnose sixgill shark)
  • Hexanchus nakamurai Teng, 1962 (bigeyed sixgill shark)
  • Extinct species

    Hexanchus FileHexanchus nakamuraiJPG Wikimedia Commons

  • Hexanchus agassizi Cappetta, 1976
  • Hexanchus andersoni Jordan, 1907
  • Hexanchus casieri Kozlov, 1999
  • Hexanchus collinsonae Ward, 1979
  • Hexanchus gracilis Davis, 1887
  • Hexanchus hookeri Ward, 1979
  • Hexanchus microdon Agassiz, 1843
  • Hexanchus tusbairicus Kozlov in Zhelezko & Kozlov, 1999

  • Hexanchus Hexanchus griseus by TopGon on DeviantArt

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    Hexanchus Hexanchus griseus Bluntnose Sixgill Shark Discover Life

    Hexanchus Hexanchus griseus Bluntnose Sixgill Shark Discover Life


    Hexanchus Wikipedia