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 Longfin catshark (Apristurus herklotsi)

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 Photo

Longfin catshark
No image of Longfin 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 herklotsi
German: Langflossiger Katzenhai
English: Longfin catshark
French: Holbiche á longues nageoires
Spanish: Pejegato aletón


 Appearance

Relatively slender body, with trunk slightly tapering toward the head.Snout is bell-shaped, long and broad. Somewhat small eyes (about 3% of total body length). Broad nostrils. Very small gill slits (much smaller than eye diameter). Base of first dorsal fin about half of second one, with origin slightly anterior to the insertion of pelvic fins. Origin of second dorsal fin about midbase of anal fin. Pelvic fins fairly high and broadly rounded. Anal fin very long (nearly 5 times as large as high) and much larger than dorsal or pelvic fins.

 Coloration

Brownish, no conspicuous markings.

 Distribution

Western Pacific: Cagayan Island, Jolo Sea, Philippines (Distribution only known by holotype; that is only one specimen has been found and thus the description is based entirely on this specimen.)

 Biology

Deepwater species. Poorly known.

 Feeding

Unknown.

 Size

Unknown, the holotype had a length of 31 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species of the same genus (Apristurus) have a similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish among them.

 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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