Longfin Catshark

The longfin catshark is a species of catshark living in the western Pacific. Its scientific epithet comes from the botanist and ornithologist G. A. C. Herklots as a way to honor him.

Longfin Catshark Scientific Classification

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


On average, the longfin catshark is about 1.57 ft long. Its body is slender, with a bell-shaped snout and tiny gill slits. The anal fin is long and low, and the caudal fin is narrow and long.

They are black or brownish.

Where do they live

Map Of The Longfin Catshark’s Habitat

Longfin catshark Habitat Map

Longfin catsharks swim along the coasts of the western Pacific Ocean, with sightings in Japan, the East and South China Seas, the Kyūshū-Palau Ridge, and the Philippines.

It is a bottom-dwelling shark with a depth range of 1,706-2,986 feet.



Their diet consists of bony fish, crustaceans, and squids.


It is a sluggish species, remaining stationary most of the time.


They are oviparous, laying eggs that are 1.96 to 2.67 inches long. These eggs are encased inside thick shells.

Sexual maturity is observed in females when they are 17.3 inches long and in males when they are 18.9 inches.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN lists the longfin catshark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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