Ghost Catshark

The ghost catshark is a little-known catshark found in certain spots of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ghost Catshark Scientific Classification

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

Description

Male ghost catsharks are about 2.5 ft long, while females are a bit longer at 2.8 ft long. They have a broad head with an elongated snout. One can observe enlarged dental bands and sharp, pointed teeth inside their long mouth. The dorsal fins are the same size, and the caudal fin is narrow.

These sharks are black or dark grey, with white fin tips.

Where do they live

Ghost catsharks live in the Atlantic Ocean, having been spotted sporadically in Massachusetts in the United States, the Porcupine Bank west of Ireland, and Cape Town in South Africa. They swim between depths of 2000 and 6000 feet over continental shelves.

Behavior

Reproductive

These sharks are oviparous, laying a pair of eggs at a time.

Interactions with humans

These sharks aren’t caught for consumption, only as occasional bycatch. Currently, the IUCN lists this shark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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