A shark with an extremely fleshy nose

The Fleshynose Catshark (Apristurus sp. C) is a shark belonging to the family Scyliorhinidae. It is a little-known species that doesn’t have an accepted species name or description as of yet. It has been found in Australia and New Zealand.


Family: Scyliorhinidae – Catsharks

Genus: Apristurus 

Species: sp. C


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles


Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Scyliorhinidae

Common NameCatsharks


Speciessp. C


Average Size and Length: Males mature at 67 cm/2.2 feet. The max is at least 71 cm/2.3 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: The labial furrows are long. The uppers reach the upper symphysis and the lowers are shorter.

Head: The snout is long, slender, flattened and fleshy. The mouth extends to just in front of the eyes. The eyes are small.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Fleshynose catshark can be found in the Pacific in southern Australia and New Zealand. They have been found on the continental shelf between 2,953-3,773 feet.

Aesthetic Identification: The Fleshynose catshark has a dark brown body, black naked fin tips, and irregular scattering of pale flecks on most individuals. The body is slender. The gill openings are slightly smaller than the eye diameter. The pectoral and pelvic fins are widely separated. The dorsal fins are equal in size. The anal fin is deep, long-based and angular. It is separated from the tail by a small notch.

Biology and Reproduction: Unknown.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.

Fleshynose Catshark Future and Conservation: They are not evaluated. However, distribution includes some intensive fisheries that are expanding.

Fleshynose Catshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.