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 Longnose catshark (Apristurus kampae)

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 Photo

Longnose catshark
No image of Longnose 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 kampae
German: Langnasiger Katzenhai
English: Longnose catshark
French: Holbiche tapir
Spanish: Pejegato trompudo


 Appearance

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).

 Coloration

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

 Distribution

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

 Biology

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

 Feeding

Unknown.

 Size

Maximum size unknown, but at least 52 cm.

 Reproduction

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

 Similar Species

The coloration and markings of this species are unmistakable.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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