African Ribbontail Catshark

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About the African Ribbontail Catshark

The African ribbontail catshark is a rare species of finback catshark found in Eastern Africa. They’re small, growing up to only about 37 cm, ann live at depths between 180 and 480 cm. They’re usually brownish grey. They feed on fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans.  


Very little is known about their biology, but they’re known to be ovoviviparous, giving birth to two pups per litter. They seem to be segregated by sex. Most specimens caught are males, which suggests females live at different depths.


They’re currently considered a species of least concern because there’s relatively low fishing pressure in their range. But if it were to increase they could become threatened.

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Scientific Name Eridacnis sinuans
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 2
Common Length 37.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 180- 480 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean