South China Catshark

About the South China Catshark

The South China Catshark is a species of ground shark found in the South China Sea. Like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal. They often sleep in groups during the day, and do their hunting at night.

They’re oviparous but the average litter size is unknown. Size at maturity is 47cm in males and 61cm in females. The maximum possible length for this catshark is predicted to be between 75cm and 82cm.

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

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Scientific Name Apristurus sinensis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusApristurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 42.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range Deep-water
DistributionWestern Central Pacific
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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