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 Graceful catshark (Proscyllium habereri)

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 Photo

Graceful catshark
No image of Graceful catshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

Earth Map


 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Finback catsharks (Proscylliidae)
      Genus: Proscyllium (Proscyllium)


 Name

Scientific: Proscyllium habereri
German: Graziler Katzenhai
English: Graceful catshark
French: Requin chat gracile
Spanish: Tollo coludo gracil


 Appearance

Small. Big eyes with nictitating membranes. Two equal-sized dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin opposite (or slightly behind) the free rear ends of the pectoral fins. (Most true "cat sharks" first dorsal fin origin is opposite to, or close by, the pelvic fins).

 Coloration

Small and big brown dots over entire body, inclusive fins. Sometimes with white dots, too. Brownish basic color with white ventral surface. Sometimes found with inconspicuous dark saddles.

 Distribution

North-Western Pacific: Java, Vietnam, China, Korea, Riu-Kiu Islands, Japan.

 Biology

Little-known species. Lives close to the bottom over the continental shelf down to a depth of 50 m to 100 m.

 Feeding

Small fishes, crabs.

 Size

Average size between 40 cm to 50 cm, total maximum length about 65 cm.

 Reproduction

Oviparous (egg laying). Males reach sexual maturity at about 45 cm, females at about 50 cm.

 Similar Species

Some species with similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish between them.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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