CUBAN RIBBONTAIL CATSHARK
You will notice the ribbon-like tail on this small shark
Family: Proscylliidae – Finback Catsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Finback Catsharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: The Cuban Ribbontail catshark is born greater than 10 cm/3.9 inches. Mature males have measured at 27 cm/10.6 inches, and mature females at 28 cm/11 inches. The longest recorded is 34 cm/1.1 feet.
Teeth and Jaw: The mouth is triangular with short, but well-developed labial furrows.
Tail: The caudal fin is ribbon like in appearance. It is long and narrow.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Cuban Ribbontail catshark can be found in the northwest Atlantic in the Florida Straights and off the northern coast of Cuba. They are found on the upper continental and insular slopes on the bottom between 1,411- 2,011 feet. They are a deep-water, bathydemersal shark.
Diet: They more than likely feed on small fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods.
Aesthetic Identification: The Cuban Ribbontail catshark is small and slender. It is light greyish brown with light edges on two dorsal fins and faint dark bandings on long, narrow caudal fin. The anal fin is two-thirds of the dorsal fin heights.
Biology and Reproduction: They are ovoviviparous, having two pups per litter.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Speed: More than likely a slow-moving shark.
Cuban Ribbontail Catshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.