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 Hoary catshark (Apristurus canutus)

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 Photo

Hoary catshark
No image of Hoary 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 canutus
German: Grauer Katzenhai
English: Hoary catshark
French: Holbiche grise
Spanish: Pejegato cano


 Appearance

Relative slender body slightly tapering toward head. Moderately long snout, bell-shaped and broad. (Preoral snout about 9 to 10% of total body length). Broad nostrils. Relatively large eyes (3 to 4% of total body length). Labial furrows present, positioned directly under the eyes. First dorsal fin about half the size of the second one. Origin of first dorsal fin slightly behind the insertion of the pelvic fins. Origin of second dorsal fin well in front of anal fin"s insertion. Body surface almost silky-smooth (no fuzzy or feltlike texture).

 Coloration

Dark grey with blackish fin margins.

 Distribution

Western North Atlantic: Leeward islands off Antigua and Anguilla.

 Biology

This little-known, bottom-living, deepwater species can be found on the insular slopes at depths between 700 and 850 m.

 Feeding

Unknown.

 Size

Unknown, but at least 45 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, but most likely oviparous (egg laying). Females seem to reach maturity at a size between 40 and 45 cm, males at around 43 cm.

 Similar Species

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

 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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