Small-belly Catshark

About the Small-belly Catshark

The Small-belly Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found in the Western Indian Ocean.

Information regarding this species’ biology and ecology is poorly known. Its maximum size recorded was of 34 cm TL but this specimen was immature when caught. This species is oviparous, information regarding liter size and the gestation period is unknown.

The Small-belly Catshark is a bathydemersal species found on continental slopes at depths of 1,289 – 1,840 m. This species is endemic to the Arabian Sea.

There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species. More research on biology, ecology and conservation is required.

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Scientific Name Apristurus indicus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 34.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 1289 - 1840 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean