Narrow-tail Catshark

About the Narrow-tail Catshark

The Narrowtail Catshark is a poorly known deepwater shark that lives off the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua and Colombia in the Western Central Atlantic Ocean at depths of 190 to 412 m.

Biology and Behaviour

Two of the most distinguishable features of narrowtail catsharks are their extremely slender body and white spots. They have a colour pattern of six to nine light brown saddles on their back and tail, but the saddles fade away as they grow older.

Narrowtail catsharks feed on small bony fishes and cephalopods.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Narrowtails are oviparous and lay eggs in pairs. Little is known about their reproduction and lifespan.

Conservation and Tourism

Narrowtail catsharks are listed as least concern on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. There are currently no conservation measures currently in place for this species. 

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Scientific Name Schroederichthys maculatus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 1
Common Length 33.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 190 - 412 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic