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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae Cat sharks

Genus: Bythaelurus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Bythaelurus alcockii Arabian catshark Western Indian Ocean 30 TL 1913
Bythaelurus bachi Bach’s catshark Western Indian Ocean 44.5 TL 2016
Bythaelurus canescens Dusky catshark Southeast Pacific 70 TL 1878
Bythaelurus clevai Broadhead cat shark Western Indian Ocean 1987
Bythaelurus dawsoni New Zealand catshark Southwest Pacific 45 TL 1971
Bythaelurus giddingsi Galápagos catshark Pacific Ocean 45.3 TL 2012
Bythaelurus hispidus Bristly catshark Indian Ocean 29 TL 1891
Bythaelurus immaculatus Spotless catshark Northwest Pacific 76 TL 1982
Bythaelurus incanus Eastern Indian Ocean 45.4 TL 2008
Bythaelurus lutarius Mud catshark Western Indian Ocean 39 TL 1972
Bythaelurus naylori Dusky snout catshark Southwestern Indian Ocean 54.8 TL 2015
Bythaelurus tenuicephalus Narrowhead catshark Western Indian Ocean 300 TL 2016
Bythaelurus vivaldii Vivaldi’s catshark Western Indian Ocean 32.5 TL 2017



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