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On this order of cartilaginous fish (σελάχη/selách ē, σελάχια/seláchia, χονδράκοντα/chondrákonta,  cf. Aristot. 1,2, 489b 6;  Ael. NA 11,37) the sources offer no potential for tidy distinctions, only different terms. Aristotle was indeed familiar with the most important species: 1) Barbelled Hound Shark (κύων/kýōn, γαλεὸς νεβρίας/galeòs nebrías), 2) Common Smooth-Hound (γαλεὸς λεῖος/galeòs leîos, Mustelus laevis), 3) Thresher Shark (ἀλωπεκίας/alōpekías), 4) Cat Shark (σκύλλιον, scyllium), 5) Dogfish Shark (ἀκανθίας), 6) Starry Smooth…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Shark”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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