Apristurus saldanha (Barnard, 1925)
Saldanha catshark
Apristurus saldanha
photo by FAO

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  88 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 453 - 717 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: Cape Columbine to south of False Bay in South Africa (Ref. 5578).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. A stout, plain catshark with moderately large eyes, a long, thick and broad snout, and long labial furrows; mouth not projecting in front of eyes; pectoral fins large (Ref. 5578). Uniformly dark grey-brown (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Found on the continental slope (Ref. 244). Feeds on small bony fish and cephalopods (Ref. 5578). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2004 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.08.19
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 21.03.94

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