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 Onefin catshark (Pentanchus profundicolus)

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Onefin catshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Pentanchus profundicolus
German: Einflossen-Katzenhai
English: Onefin catshark
French: Holbiche voile
Spanish: Pejegato velero


Small shark with only one dorsal fin (the first one is missing). Anal fin large. Pointed snout with well developed nostris.


Uniformly dark (blackish).


Western Pacific: Philippines.


A little-known deepwater species. Bottom living.




A holotype: Only one specimen has been found to date, and it was 50 cm long.



 Similar Species

Unmistakable, since it is the only shark species that possesses only one dorsal fin and has five gill slits.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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