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 Largenose catshark (Apristurus nasutus)

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Largenose catshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Apristurus nasutus
German: Grossnasenkatzenhai
English: Largenose catshark
French: Holbiche cyrano
Spanish: Pejegato hocic√≥n


Moderately slender body, with trunk tapering slightly toward the head. Relatively long snout, broad and bell-shaped (preoral snout about 7 to 8% of total body length). Gill slits moderately long but much smaller than eye diameter. Eyes small in adults (about 3 to 4% of total body length). Narrow nostrils (incurrent and excurrent apertures moderately large and oval). First dorsal fin about the same size as second one. Origin of first dorsal fin about opposite pelvic fin midbases. Insertion of second dorsal fin opposite anal fin insertion. Pelvic fins low. Anal fin moderately long (about three times as long as high), high and angular.


Medium brown, grey or greyish-black. No conspicuous markings.


Eastern Pacific: Gulf of Panama, Ecuador, central Chile.


A little-known, bottom-dwelling species found on the upper continental slope, probably at depths between 500 and 1000 m.




Maximum length about 59 cm.


Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species of the same genus (Apristurus) have a similar appearance but no other lives in the same area.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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