Flaccid Catshark

About the Flaccid Catshark

The Flaccid Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found in New Zealand.

This species’ biology and ecology are poorly known. It is a small species of catshark, individuals can reach a maximum size of 90.8 cm TL. Both females and males reach maturity between 65 – 70 cm TL. This species is oviparous, paired eggs are laid and embryos feed solely on the yolk. Litter size is unknown.

The Flaccid Catshark is a bathydemersal shark found over the mid and upper slope around New Zealand. Occurs in depths between 573 to 1,200 m.

Currently, there are no conservation measures in place for this species.


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Scientific Name Apristurus exsanguis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 90.8 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 560 - 1200 m
DistributionSouthwest Pacific