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Hooktooth Dogfish
Range Eastern South Pacific along the Coast of South America from Peru to Central Chile.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Squaliformes
Family Etmopteridae
Genus Aculeola
Species A. nigra
Conservation Status
Data Deficient

The Hooktooth dogfish, (Aculeola nigra), is a small, little-known dogfish, the only member of the genus Aculeola. The type specimen is held at the National Natural History Museum, Santiago, Chile.

Physical Characteristics[]

The hooktooth dogfish has a blunt, flattened snout, very large eyes, a relatively long distance from the eye to the first gill slit, small grooved dorsal spines, a first dorsal fin about halfway between the pectoral and pelvic fins, and a broad caudal fin. They are black with a maximum length of only 60 cm.


They are found in the eastern South Pacific along the coast of South America from Peru to central Chile.

Habits and Habitat[]

This shark is a little-known, yet common, shark that lives at depths between 110 and 560 m. They are ovoviviparous, with at least three pups per litter. They probably eat bony fish and invertebrates.