Enormous plankton-feeding shark with 5 extremely long gill slits that extend from the top to the underside of the head, a stout streamlined body, a crescent-shaped tail and the mouth extending well-beyond the eye with rows of minute teeth in each jaw. Dark greyish-brown above, paler below. To 10 m.
A pelagic shark, often seen in surface waters although also recorded to about 1000 m. It feeds by sieving zooplankton from the water with its bristle-like gill rakers. It is the only species in its Family (monotypic) and is rare in Australia.
In coastal areas and in the open ocean, from the surface to a depth of 1000 m.
Worldwide. Southern Australia.
Considered harmless to humans.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable