White-clasper Catshark

About the White-clasper Catshark

The white-clasper catshark is a species of ground shark found in only northern New Caledonia at depths of 688–732m. 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.

They’re presumed to be oviparous but very little is known about their biology. The species was described from a single specimen, an adult male measuring 41.5cm

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

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Scientific Name Parmaturus albipenis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusParmaturus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1
Common Length 41.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 688 - 732 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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