Long-fin Catshark

About the Long-fin Catshark

The long-fin catshark is a species of ground shark found in the western Pacific, from Japan to Philippines at depths of 500 to 900 m. 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. 

Very little is known about this species’ biology. They’re oviparous. Litter sizes and egg-case shape are unknown. They grow to a maximum length of 48 cm.

Their name comes from their relatively long fin bases.

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

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Scientific NameApristurus herklotsi
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range500 - 900 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific, Northwest Pacific