Image: Broadnose Sevengill Shark Illustration
Broadnose Sevengill Shark, Notorhynchus cepedianus
- Andrew Howells
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- Broadnose Sevengill Shark
- Scientific name:
- Notorhynchus cepedianus
Broadnose Sevengill Sharks usually live on or near the sea floor, close inshore. Sometimes they can be found at depths of 130 m and they occasionally come to the surface.
Broadnose Sevengill Sharks eat large bony fishes, sting rays, other sharks, seals and dolphins, shark egg cases and sea snails. They catch their food by swimming at high speed.
The teeth on their lower jaw are used for slicing and are shaped like a rooster's comb. On the upper jaw they have piercing teeth for holding prey.
Broadnose Sevengill Sharks grow up to 3 m long.
Broadnose Sevengill Sharks give birth to as many as 82 live young at a time.
These sharks can be aggressive when provoked.
Broadnose Sevengill Sharks have seven gill slits on each side of their head while most sharks only have five