Cuban Ribbontail Catshark

The Cuban ribbontail catshark is a rare finback catshark named for its ribbon-like tail.

Cuban Ribbontail Catshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Proscylliidae
Genus Eridacnis
Scientific Name E. barbouri


These sharks are 13.38 inches long, making them a relatively small species. Its slender body ends in a ribbon-like caudal fin that acts as its namesake.

It has a light greyish-brown coloration, with the dorsal fins having light edges and the caudal fin having a series of faint dark bands.

Where do they live

Map Of The Cuban Ribbontail Catshark’s Habitat

Cuban Ribbontail Catshark Habitat Map

As its name indicates, the Cuban ribbontail shark swims along the northwestern Atlantic off the northern coast of Cuba. It has also been spotted in the Florida Straights.

They are a deep water species dwelling between 1411 and 2011 feet on the upper continental and insular slopes on the bottom.



While their exact diet isn’t known, it most likely consists of cephalopods, crustaceans, and small bony fish.


They are an ovoviviparous species, giving birth to a litter of 2 pups. At birth, each pup is about 4 inches long.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN lists this shark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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