Smalldorsal catshark

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Smalldorsal cat shark
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae
Genus: Apristurus
A. micropterygeus
Binomial name
Apristurus micropterygeus
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The smalldorsal cat shark (Apristurus micropterygeus) is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae found in the South China Sea, at depths to 915 m. It can grow up to 37 cm. A. micropterygeus is unique among its species in having a narrow and sharply pointed first dorsal fin. However, Nakaya and Sato (2000)[citation needed] recommended that the status of the species be reviewed once additional specimens are available, citing the possibility that the dorsal fin of the holotype may have been malformed. The reproduction of the smalldorsal catshark is oviparous.


  1. ^ Duffy, C. & Huveneers, C. 2004. Apristurus micropterygeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T44220A10874214. Downloaded on 14 September 2017.