Bighead Catshark

About the Bighead Catshark

The Big-Head Catshark is a species of ground shark found only in Western Australia. Like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal. They often sleep in groups during the day, and do their hunting at night.

Their method of reproduction is unknown, as is their average litter size. The Big-Head Catshark can grow to a maximum length of 67.5cm.

There is not enough confirmation to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Apristurus bucephalus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusApristurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 67.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 1030 - 1140 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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