Crying Izak

About the Crying Izak

The crying izak is a species of catshark found in Kenya and Tanzania at depths of around 600 m. Like all members of the catshark 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 is known about their biology. They’re known to grow to at least 38 cm in length. No females have ever been caught.

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

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Scientific Name Holohalaelurus melanostigma
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusHolohalaelurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 38.4 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 607 - 658 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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