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Deepwater catshark.jpg
Above: Deepwater catshark (A. profundorum)
Below: Ghost catshark (A. manis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae
Genus: Apristurus
Garman, 1913
Type species
Scylliorhinus indicus
Brauer, 1906

Apristurus is a genus of catshark, the family Scyliorhinidae, commonly known as the ghost or demon catsharks.


The 37 currently recognized species in this genus are:[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Apristurus in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Iglésias, S.P. (2012): Apristurus nakayai sp. nov., a new species of deepwater catshark (Chondrichthyes: Pentanchidae) from New Caledonia. Cybium, 36 (4): 511-519.
  3. ^ a b Sato, K., Stewart, A.L. & Nakaya, K. (2013): Apristurus garricki sp. nov., a new deep-water catshark from the northern New Zealand waters (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). Marine Biology Research, 9 (8): 758-767.