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Chlamydoselachus
Temporal range: Campanian to Recent 84–0 Ma[1]
File:Chlamydoselachus anguineus 3.jpg
Frilled shark (C. anguineus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Hexanchiformes
Family: Chlamydoselachidae
Garman 1884
Genus: Chlamydoselachus
Garman 1884

Chlamydoselachus is a genus of sharks and the sole extant member of the family Chlamydoselachidae, in the order Hexanchiformes. It contains two extant and several extinct species. The most widely known species still surviving is the frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus). It is known as a living fossil, along with Chlamydoselachus africana, also known as the South African frilled shark, which is only found along coastal areas of South Africa. The only two extant species of this genus are deep sea creatures who are typically weakened in areas closer to the surface.

Species

References

  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Chondrichthyes entry)". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 


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