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 Smalleye catshark (Apristurus microps)

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 Photo

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

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae)
      Genus: Apristurus (Apristurus)


 Name

Scientific: Apristurus microps
German: Klein√§ugiger Katzenhai
English: Smalleye catshark
French: Holbiche porc
Spanish: Pejegato puerco


 Appearance

Relatively stout body, with trunk tapering slightly toward the head. Long snout, relatively narrow and bell-shaped (preoral snout about 9 to 10% of total body length). Gill slits moderately large, somewhat less than or equal to eye diameter. Fairly broad nostrils (incurrent and excurrent apertures very narrow and slitlike). First dorsal fin slightly smaller than or same size as second one (base of first one of same size as second one or slightly shorter). Origin of first dorsal fin over last third of pelvic fin bases. Insertion of second dorsal fin behind anal fin insertion. Pectoral fins rather small. Pelvic fins high and broadly rounded. Anal fin short, fairly high and angular (between three and four times as long as high).

 Coloration

Dusky brown or grey-brown to purplish-black. No conspicuous fin markings.

 Distribution

Eastern South Atlantic: Southwestern Cape Province (South Africa). Other places in the Atlantic area questionable.

 Biology

A little-known, bottom-dwelling species found over the continental slopes at depths between 1000 and 2000 m.

 Feeding

Unknown.

 Size

Maximum size at least 54 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species of the same genus (Apristurus) have a similar appearance but no other lives in the same area.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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