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Goblin shark

(Mitsukurina owstoni)


Category: Fish



Goblin sharks are a rare, deep sea species are the only extant member of the family Mitsukurinidae. With its pink skin, flabby body, small fins, and highly protrusible jaws, the goblin shark presents a unique and highly specialized example of shark anatomy – these adaptation suggest it is a slow-moving, ambush predator. They have been caught in all the world’s major oceans, indicating a worldwide distribution.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Chondrichthyes
Order - Lamniformes
Family - Mitsukurinidae
Genus - Mitsukurina
Species - M. owstoni

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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