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2 families • 4 genera • 6 species


Chlamydoselachus Garman 1884    chlamydos, cloak or mantle, referring to first pair of gill slits that fit like a cloak or frill around throat; selachos, shark

Chlamydoselachus africana Ebert & Compagno 2009    referring to South Africa’s Marine and Coastal Management research vessel Africana, for the excellent research surveys it has conducted; it is also the vessel that collected paratype

Chlamydoselachus anguineus Garman 1884    snake-like, referring to snake or eel-like shape

Family HEXANCHIDAE Cow Sharks

Heptranchias Rafinesque 1810    hepta, seven; [b]ranchos, gill or ankos, bend or hollow, referring to seven gill openings

Heptranchias perlo (Bonnaterre 1788)    from French vernacular le perlon, meaning pearl, perhaps referring to smooth and grayish (“lisse & grisâtre”) skin

Hexanchus Rafinesque 1810    hexa-, six; [b]ranchos, gill or ankos, bend or hollow, referring to six gill openings

Hexanchus griseus (Bonnaterre 1788)    gray, referring to dark gray coloration

Hexanchus nakamurai Teng 1962    in honor of Teng’s colleague Hiroshi Nakamura, who illustrated this species as H. griseus in 1936

Notorynchus Ayres 1856    noto-, back, perhaps referring to single dorsal fin; rhynchus, snout, probably referring to broad, depressed snout

Notorynchus cepedianus (Péron 1807)    anus, belonging to: Bernard-Germain-Étienne de La Ville-sur-Illon, comte de [count of] La Cepède (also spelled as La Cépède, Lacépède, or Lacepède, 1756-1825), author of the first five volumes of Histoire Naturelle des Poissons