Dwarf Catshark

About the Dwarf Catshark

The dwarf catshark is a species of ground shark found off the coast of Southern Florida, Cuba, and Bahamas. 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 light brown with dark saddles and several white spots. They’re mostly nocturnal and sleep in groups during the day, and do their hunting at night at depths of 200 to 600 m.

They’re oviparous and lay two eggs at a time. Pups are born very small and reach a maximum length of about 32 cm.

They’re sometimes caught by trawl fisheries, but catches are rare. Because of this they’re currently considered least concern.

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Scientific Name Scyliorhinus torrei
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 2
Common Length 32.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 200 - 600 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic