Animal Species:Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Hexanchus nakamurai Teng, 1962
As its standard name implies, the species has particularly large eyes. It lives at depths from 90 m to 600 m in tropical and warm temperate waters.
The Bigeye Sixgill Shark has 6 pairs of gill slits, large eyes, comb-like teeth and a long upper caudal fin lobe.
It grows to around 1.8 m in length. The fish in the images is 1.56 m long.
The species has a patchy worldwide distribution in tropical and warm temperate waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Shelf and slope waters between 90 m and 600 m.
Feeding and Diet
Little is known of its diet. Stomach contents have included fishes and one crustacean.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology