Rough-tail Catshark

About the Rough-tail Catshark

Roughtail Catshark, also known as the marbled catshark, can be found in the western central Atlantic Ocean at depths between 250 to 750 m.

Biology and Behaviour

Roughtail catsharks are a small, slender species that grow up to 33 cm long. They have a marbled coloured pattern of dark saddles and spots along their back.Their snout is long and pointed and their horizontal oval eyes have nictitating membranes to protect their eyes. They also have a prominent crest of enlarged dermal denticles along the dorsal edge of their caudal fin, hence their name, roughtail catshark. 

Roughtail catsharks mainly feed on shrimp.   

Reproduction and Lifespan

Roughtail catsharks are ovoviviparous and females lay eggs in pairs. Females and males mature between 27 to 33 cm long.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists rough tail catshark as least concern. There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Galeus arae
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusGaleus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
SpeciesGaleus arae
Common Length 36.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 250 - 750 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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