Boa Catshark

About the Boa Catshark

Boa Catsharks are small catsharks that can be found in the Western Atlantic Ocean at depths of 329 – 676 m.

Biology and Behaviour

Boa catsharks are slender and small pale yellow-brown deep-water sharks. They have rectangular grey patches and saddles that are outlined with small black spots and sometimes white spots too.

Its first dorsal fin begins just behind the first pectoral fin and the second dorsal fin is smaller than the first and begins just after the posterior of the anal fin.

They that can grow to a maximum length of 54 cm. The grooves are only on the lower lip only, but there are no nasoral grooves and the front nasal flaps do not reach the mouth. 

Reproduction and Lifespan

Boa catsharks are oviparous, but there is still more to discover about this species.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists boa catsharks as least concern, but there are no conservation measures currently in place.

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Scientific NameScyliorhinus boa
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size1
SpeciesScyliorhinus boa
Common Length54 cm
Max Lenght54 cm
Depth Range329 - 676 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic