Dwarf Sawtail Catshark

About the Dwarf Sawtail Catshark

The dwarf sawtail catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Western Central Pacific, in deep waters off the coast of Philippines. 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. It has saddles around their dorsal fins and two bands on its tail. Their name comes from the spiny dermal denticles at the top of its caudal (tail) fin.

They’re oviparous. Young become mature at 25 cm and grow to a maximum length of 30 cm.

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

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Scientific Name Galeus schultzi
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusGaleus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 30.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 329 - 431 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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