Japanese Catshark

About the Japanese Catshark

The Japanese Catshark is a species of ground shark found in northwest Pacific. 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. They often sleep in groups during the day, and do their hunting at night.

They’re oviparous but the average litter size is unknown. They grow to a maximum length of 71cm.

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

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Scientific Name Apristurus japonicus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 71.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range Deep-water
DistributionNorthwest Pacific