Mcmillan’s Catshark

About the Mcmillan’s Catshark

McMillan’s catshark is a species of ground shark found in the waters around New Zealand and southeastern Africa, at depths of around 1000 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 presumed to be oviparous but very little is known about their biology. They grow to a maximum length of 45 cm.

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

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Scientific Name Parmaturus macmillani
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size 1
Common Length 45.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 670 - 1500 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean, Southwest Pacific