The frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) - Hozobo

The frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus)

The frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) and the southern African frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus africana) are the two extant species of shark in the family Chlamydoselachidae.

The frilled shark is considered a living fossil, because of its primitive, anguilliform (eel-like) physical traits, such as a dark-brown color, amphistyly (the articulation of the jaws to the cranium), and a 2.0 m (6.6 ft)–long body, which has dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins located towards the tail.

The common name, frilled shark, derives from the fringed appearance of the six pairs of gill slits at the shark’s throat.