Blackgill catshark

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Blackgill catshark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae
Genus: Parmaturus
Species: P. melanobranchus
Binomial name
Parmaturus melanobranchus
(W. L. Y. Chan, 1966)
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The blackgill catshark, Parmaturus melanobranchus, is a deepwater catshark known from very few specimens, found on or near the bottom on the continental slope, at 540–835 metres (1,772–2,740 ft) off the coasts of China and Japan. Specimens can attain a total length of at least 85 cm (33 in), but nothing else is known of its biology. This shark is a potential bycatch of deepwater bottom-trawl fisheries operating within its range, but no specific information is available.

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