The genus name, Centrophorus comes from the Greek kentron meaning "sting" and the Greek pherein meaning "to carry." This probably alludes to its two dorsal fins, both of which have spines.
The little gulper shark has a slight hump in its back before the first dorsal fin, and is darker in color above its gills and dorsal fins. It has a notched caudal fin, and lacks an anal fin. It has big eyes too, as you can tell by the picture... the better to see (prey) with, my dear...
Not much is known about these creatures, but adults are known to feed on teleost fish and squid.
Males mature by 80 cm total length (TL). Although little of reproduction is known in these animals, they are known to be ovoviviparous , with usually one pup per litter.
Due to their deep habitat and scarce bycatch numbers, they are deemed harmless to humans. They are dried and salted for human consumption, however, as well as fishmeal and their liver oil.
Want to know how little we know about this shark? So little, it has not even been assessed for the IUCN Red List!