New Zealand catshark

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New Zealand catshark
Halaelurus dawsoni (New Zealand catshark).gif
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae
Genus: Bythaelurus
Species: B. dawsoni
Binomial name
Bythaelurus dawsoni
(S. Springer, 1971)

Halaelurus dawsoni Springer, 1971

The New Zealand catshark, Bythaelurus dawsoni, is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae in the order Carcharhiniformes, found in the deep waters around New Zealand. Its length is up to 45 centimetres (18 in).[2] The New Zealand catshark is a small, little-known deep water bottom shark. It is dark brown around the top with a few widely spaced pale spots, and white below. It feeds on bottom-living crustaceans. It is also completely harmless to Hominidae.

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  1. ^ M. P. Francis (2003). "Bythaelurus dawsoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Bythaelurus dawsoni" in FishBase. June 2011 version.