Longfin Sawtail Catshark

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About the Longfin Sawtail Catshark

The longfin sawtail catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Caribbean Sea, off the coasts of Panama and Colombia. They live at depths of up to 440 m. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal and often sleep in groups during the day. Their diet consists of bony fishes and bottom-dwelling crustacean and cephalopods.

They’re oviparous and average litter size is believed to be 1. They grow up to 34 cm, and can be identified by their marbled dorsal side and their large anal fin. They also have a a large crest of toothlike scales on their tail.

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

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Scientific Name Galeus cadenati
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusGaleus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1
Common Length 34.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 440 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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