Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

The occurrence of the bluntnose sixgill shark Hexanchus griseus (Hexanchiformes: Hexanchidae) in a river in south-eastern Tasmania

Adam Barnetta1a2 c1, John D. Stevensa2 and Jonah L. Yicka1

a1 Marine Research Laboratories, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania, Taroona 7053, Tasmania, Australia

a2 CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, PO Box 1538, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia


The bluntnose sixgill shark Hexanchus griseus, predominately a deep-water species (maximum depth: 2500 m), was captured approximately 30 km up a river on a bottom-set longline. Although this species has previously been reported moving into shallow waters at night in other regions of the world, this is the first confirmed report of a sixgill shark in a river.

(Received December 08 2009)

(Accepted January 28 2010)


c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: A. Barnett Marine Research Laboratories Nubeena Crescent Taroona 7053, Tasmania Australia email: