Slender Sawtail Catshark

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About the Slender Sawtail Catshark

The slender sawtail catshark is a species of ground shark found off the coast of Northern and Western Australia at depths of 290 – 470 m. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal and often sleep in groups during the day. Their diet consists of bony fishes and bottom-dwelling crustacean and cephalopods.

Very little is known about their biology. They’re believed to be oviparous and to grow up to 34 cm. Their bodies and fins are covered with overlapping dermal denticles.

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

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Scientific Name Galeus gracilis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 34.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 290 - 470 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Central Pacific