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 Longnose catshark (Apristurus kampae)

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Longnose catshark
No image of Longnose catshark found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Apristurus kampae
German: Langnasiger Katzenhai
English: Longnose catshark
French: Holbiche tapir
Spanish: Pejegato trompudo


Relatively slender body, with trunk tapering strongly toward the head. Very broad and long, bell-shaped snout, (preoral snout about 8% of total body length). Very small eyes (about 3% of total body length). First dorsal fin about the same size as second dorsal fin. Origin of first dorsal fin slightly anterior to the midbases of pelvic fins. Insertion of second dorsal fin behind the insertion of anal fin. Pelvic fins high and broadly rounded. Short anal fin (about twice as long as high).


Blackish with conspicuous white posterior margins on pectorals, pelvic, dorsal, and anal fins.


Eastern North Pacific: Central and southern California, Gulf of California, Mexico.


A bottom-living, deepwater species found on the upper continental slope down to a depth of about 1900 m. Little-known.




Maximum size unknown, but at least 52 cm.


Egg laying (oviparous). One egg case per oviduct at the time.

 Similar Species

The coloration and markings of this species are unmistakable.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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