Broadnose Catshark

The broadnose catshark is a species about which very little is known. The only shark encountered so far is a 9.5-inch immature specimen in the Indian Ocean.

Broadnose Catshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Scyliorhinidae
Genus Apristurus
Scientific Name A. investigatoris


These sharks have cat-like eyes and short mouths with labial furrows. The dorsal fins are present lower down the shark’s body.

Broadnose sharks are brown, with no prominent markings.

Where do they live

Map Of The Broadnose Catshark’s Habitat

Broadnose Catshark Habitat Map

So far, the only specimen was found in the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean at a depth of 3,412 feet between 16 and 10°N.



They are oviparous, laying eggs after mating.

Interactions with humans

Its population appears stable, though records of this shark remain sparse. The IUCN classifies it as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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