Campeche Catshark

About the Campeche Catshark

The campeche catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Gulf of Mexico at depths of about 1,000 m. 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 and often sleep in groups during the day.

They’re oviparous, but little else is known about their biology.

Their name comes from the Bay of Campeche, where it was first discovered.

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

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Scientific Name Parmaturus campechiensis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusParmaturus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1
Common Length 16.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 1097 m.
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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