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Hexanchidae - cow sharks

Broadnose Sevengill SharkThere are four species in this family of sharks. They are found in Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, usually in deep water. They are 5-15 feet in length. The have a single dorsal fin placed well down on their backs; an anal fin; and six or seven pairs of gill slits, most shark species only have five gill slits.

The species in this family eat sharks, rays, bony fish, carrion, squid, and crustaceans. Females give birth to live young.

The species in this family include the bluntnose sixgill shark, the big eyed sixgill shark, and the bluntnose sevengill shark.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   Sharpnose Sevengill Shark - Heptranchias perlo Near Threatened
Bluntnose Sixgill Shark - Hexanchus griseus Near Threatened
Bigeyed Sixgill Shark - Hexanchus nakamurai
Broadnose Sevengill Shark - Notorynchus cepedianus

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
atlantic OceanAtlantic Ocean Arctic OceanArctic Ocean indian OceanIndian Ocean southern oceanMediterranean/Black Sea pacific oceanPacific Ocean

Sharpnose Sevengill Shark - Heptranchias perlo Near Threatened Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Bluntnose Sixgill Shark - Hexanchus griseus Near Threatened Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Bigeyed Sixgill Shark - Hexanchus nakamurai [dd] Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Broadnose Sevengill Shark - Notorynchus cepedianus [dd] Africa Asia Australia North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean

   

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Broadnose Sevengill Shark - Notorynchus cepedianus profile Photos Video Africa Asia Australia North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
In the United States, the broadnose sevengill shark is found off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Broadnose Sevengill Shark - Notorynchus cepedianus profile Photos Video Africa Asia Australia North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
Broadnose sevengill sharks have been known to hunt in packs for seals.
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Broadnose Sevengill Shark - Notorynchus cepedianus profile Photos Video Africa Asia Australia North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
The broadnose sevengill shark has a broad head, small eyes, and a short, blunt snout.
Source: Florida Museum of Natural History Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Sharpnose Sevengill Shark - Heptranchias perlo profile Photos Near Threatened Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
In the United States, the sharpnose sevengill shark is found off the coasts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark - Hexanchus griseus profile Photos Video Near Threatened Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
In the United States, the bluntnose sixgill shark is found off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes