White-saddled Catshark

About the White-saddled Catshark

The White-saddled catshark is a species of ground shark found in the western Atlantic off the coast of Honduras, Panama and Colombia. 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 oviparous but the average litter size is unknown. Other sharks of the same family lay two eggs at a time so these sharks are presumed to do the same. They grow to a maximum length of 47cm. They live in deepwater and have been found at depths of  274 – 457 m.

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

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Scientific Name Scyliorhinus hesperius
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusScyliorhinus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 2
Common Length 47.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 274 - 457 m.
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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