Roughskin catshark

About the Roughskin catshark

The Rough-skin Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family  Scyliorhinidae, found near Australia and New Zealand.

This catshark is the largest member of the genus found in Australia. Males reach a maximum size of 85.5 cm TL and females reach 79.6 cm TL. Sexual maturity is reached at 78 cm for males and at 68 cm for females. This shark is oviparous, but information on litter size is unknown. There is not enough information regarding this species’ biology and ecology.

The Rough-skin Catshark is a deepwater bathydemersal shark that occurs on the continental slope at depths of 840-1,500 m. Found off southern New Zealand, and parts of southern Australia.

In Australia, waters around this species’ range are outside the activity of commercial trawl fisheries, so it is expected that bycatch levels would be low to negligible.

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Scientific Name Apristurus ampliceps Sasahara
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 85.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 800 - 1503 m
DistributionSouthwest Pacific