Longfin Catshark

About the Longfin Catshark

Longfin Catsharks are small sharks that can be found in the Northwest to Western Central Pacific Ocean off the coasts of China, Japan and the Philippines at 533 to 864 m deep.

Biology and Behaviour

Longfin catsharks have a relatively slender body with a moderately long, bell-shaped snout and small gill slits. They have a short abdomen, a long narrow caudal fin, long and low anal fin and the dorsal fin is half the size of the first.

Longfin catsharks are small, sluggish sharks that live on or near the bottom. Their diet includes other bottom-dwelling creatures such as crustaceans, squids and small fish. 

Reproduction and Lifespan

There is very little known about longfin catsharks. They are oviparous, and the eggs are 5 to 6.8 cm long encased in thick shells. Females mature at about 44 cm long and can grow up to 48 cm long. 

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists longfin catsharks as data deficient, and there are currently no conservation methods in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Apristurus herklotsi
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
SpeciesApristurus herklotsi
Common Length 48.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 533- 864 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific, Northwest Pacific