Dreary deep-water shark
Family: Scyliorhinidae – Catsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Catsharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: Adult sharks were measured between 71-76 cm/2.3-2.5 feet.
Head: The snout is rounded.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Spotless catshark can be found in the south China Sea about 380-400 km east of Hainan Island (20°N – 17°N). They can be found on the bottom of the continental slope between 1,752-3,346 feet. They are considered bathydemersal.
Aesthetic Identification: The Spotless catshark is large, with a long abdomen, yellowish-brown drab-looking shark with no unique markings. It is quite similar to the New Zealand catshark. The first dorsal fin is smaller than the second. The small first dorsal fin originates over the pelvic fin bases. The much larger second dorsal fin originates over the anal fin base.
Biology and Reproduction: Unknown, but possibly oviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Spotless Catshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.