Salamander Shark

The salamander shark, or the salamander catshark, is a species of catshark living in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Salamander Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Scyliorhinidae
Genus Parmaturus
Scientific Name P. pilosus


These sharks are about 1.9-2.1 ft long. Its snout is blunt and long, with the nostrils covered with skin flaps. The teeth of this shark are pointed and prickly.

Dorsally the salamander shark is reddish, and ventrally it is white.

Where do they live

Map Of The Salamander Shark’s Habitat

Salamander Shark Habitat Map

The range of the salamander sharks is in the northwest Pacific, with sightings in China, Japan in southeastern Honshu and the Ryukyu Islands, and Taiwan.

A bathydemersal species, it lives at a depth range of 1175-2936 feet.



These sharks are oviparous, laying eggs in pairs.


The liver of this shark has high squalene content, which allows it to have neutral buoyancy while swimming and resting.

Interactions with humans

Salamander sharks are bycatch caught by trawlers that operate in its range.

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