Japanese Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 345–356 | Cite as

Distribution and food habits of the slender smoothhound,Gollum attenuatus, from the waters around New Zealand

  • Kazunari Yano


Three hundred and seventy-three females and 385 malesof Gollum attenuatus were caught with bottom longlines from the Challenger Plateau, Wanganella Bank and Three Kings Ridge around New Zealand. The sharks ranged in size from 440 to 1092 mm TL for females and 442 to 1067 mm TL for males. Catch rates (number of fish per 100 hooks) were 0.41 for the Challenger Plateau, 0.14 for the Wanganella Bank, and 4.52 for the Three Kings Ridge. The sex ratio was 1:1. In terms of 100-m depth intervals,G. attenuatus was most abundant in 500 to 599 m depths. There was a marked decrease in catch rates with increased distance of the hooks from the bottom. Stomachs contained such varied items as sharks, teleost fishes, gastropods, squids, octopi, decapods, isopods, brittle stars, and human garbage. The data in this study suggest thatG. attenuatus consumed, in order of importance, fishes and crustaceans.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazunari Yano
    • 1
  1. 1.Seikai National Fisheries Research InstituteShirnonoseki Branch, Fisheries Agency of JapanYamaguchiJapan

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