Northern Sawtail Catshark

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About the Northern Sawtail Catshark

The northern sawtail catshark is a species of ground shark found off the coast of northeastern Australia. Like all members of the catshark shark family, northern sawtails arr bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They belong to the figaro family and are recognizable by the spiny dermal denticles along their caudal fins, and which are the reason for their “sawtail” moniker.

They have a long, firm, and almost cylindrical body. They’re presumed to be oviparous. The become mature at 38 cm, and grow to a maximum length of 42 cm.

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

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Scientific Name Figaro striatus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusFigaro
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 42.1 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 300 - 420 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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