Saldanha Catshark

About the Saldanha Catshark

The Saldanha Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found from Cape Columbine to south of False Bay, South Africa.

This species is a stout, plain catshark with large eyes, thick and broad snout, and long labial furrows. Reaches a maximum length of 88.5 cm TL. Males mature at 74 cm TL and females mature at 70 cm TL. This species is oviparous, but no more information regarding reproduction is available.

The Saldanha Catshark is a poorly known species endemic to South Africa. A bathydemersal species found on the continental slope at depths of 453-717 m. Feeds on small bony fish and cephalopods.

There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species. Listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN Red List.

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Scientific Name Apristurus saldanha
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusApristurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 88.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 453 - 717 m
DistributionSoutheast Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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