New Shark Discovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 6th, 2007

Mark Clarke over at Practical Fishkeeling is noting there’s been a “new Mandarin shark discovered,” and named from south eastern Australia.

William White, Peter Last and John Stevens of Australia’s CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research named the new species Cirrhigaleus australis in an announcement paper in the newest issue of the journal Zootaxa.

Clarke writes, “Cirrhigaleus australis is a member of the Mandarin dogfish group of squalid sharks which typically reach lengths of just a metre or so….The new species is believed to occur in temperate waters off eastern Australia and its range may extend as far as New Zealand. The characteristic long nasal lobes, or barbels, on Cirrhigaleus give the fishes their common name of Mandarin sharks. They are found at depths from 146-640m and reach a length of around 1.25m.”

Clarke’s original source: White WT, Last PR and JD Stevens (2007) – Cirrhigaleus australis n. sp., a new Mandarin dogfish (Squaliformes: Squalidae) from the south-west Pacific. Zootaxa, 1560: 19-30 (2007).

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

6 Responses to “New Shark Discovered”

  1. bill green responds:

    hey loren good morning wow very interesting article about a new shark discovered. thanks bill green 🙂

  2. i am sasquatch responds:

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    Indeed, this is the most informative site about new animal discoveries.

  4. shumway10973 responds:

    that is awesome! now we just need pics.

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  6. geo32 responds:

    speaking of new species of sharks, this one was found recently off the coast of hawaii. if it is a deepwater catshark, then it’s been seen before, though this would only be the second specimen ever collected. not sure if it’s been posted on here yet.

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