Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of the mandarin dogfish Cirrhigaleus barbifer (Chondrichthyes: Squalidae) from Western Australia

Ryan M. Kempstera1 c1, David M. Hunta1, Brett A. Humana2, Channing A. Egeberga1 and Shaun P. Collina1

a1 The UWA Oceans Institute and the School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia

a2 The Western Australian Museum, Welshpool, Western Australia 6986, Australia


The mandarin dogfish, Cirrhigaleus barbifer, is the only species in this genus found in Western Australia, and represents a significant range extension and first record in Australia. Most Cirrhigaleus sharks are clearly separable from other squalid sharks by the presence of conspicuous barbels on the anterior nasal flaps. Cirrhigaleus barbifer may be distinguished from its close relative C. australis by the structure of the CO1 gene and key measurements. In addition, this is only the second record of a gravid female of C. barbifer, with pups in an advanced stage of development. New data on the reproductive biology and range of C. barbifer are included.

(Received December 19 2012)

(Accepted January 08 2013)


  • Australia;
  • Cirrhigaleus barbifer ;
  • reproduction;
  • shark