Ghost Catshark

About the Ghost Catshark

The Ghost Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found in the northwest Atlantic, northeast Atlantic and southern Atlantic.

A little-known catshark, it can grow up to 85.2 cm in length. Males reach maturity at 85 cm TL and females at 75 cm TL. The reproduction mode of this the Ghost Catshark is oviparous. The eggs are laid in pairs and the young feed solely on the yolk.    

This shark is a demersal species living just above the seabed in deep water in the Atlantic Ocean. It is present on the slopes of Massachusetts, USA, and on the Porcupine Bank west of Ireland. It is also reported from deep water in the vicinity of Cape Town in South Africa.

This species is possibly caught as bycatch in deepwater fisheries. There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Apristurus manis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 85.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 600 - 1900 m
DistributionNorthwest Atlantic, Northeast Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic