Animal Species:False Catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon Capella, 1868

The False Catshark is a is a deep-sea ground shark with elongated cat-like eyes.  It is found in continental slope and insular slope waters.

Standard Common Name

False Catshark

Identification

The False Catshark is a soft-bodied fish that has a long first dorsal fin and a small lower caudal fin lobe. It has elongated cat-like eyes and a very large mouth with a wide gape. The species is dark brown to grey. The fin edges may be darker.

Size range

Female False Catsharks grow to about 3 m in length. Males reach a maximum length of about 2.7 m.

Distribution

The species is known from numerous localities in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Pseudotriakis microdon

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of False Catshark specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The False Catshark occurs in continental and insular slope waters usually in depths between 200 m and 1500 m. It is rarely caught over the continental shelf.

Feeding and Diet

Prey items are yet to be confirmed but probably include bony fishes, sharks, rays and invertebrates.

Classification

Species:
microdon
Genus:
Pseudotriakis
Family:
Pseudotriakidae
Order:
Carcharhiniformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Compagno, L.J.V. 1984. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 4, Sharks of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes: 251-655. \
  2. Fishbase: Pseudotriakis microdon. [Online January 2003].
  3. Tricas, T.C., McCosker, J.E., & T.I. Walker. in Taylor, L. (Ed). 1997. Sharks & Rays. Harper Collins. Pp.288.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, False Catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon, Pseudotriakidae, deepsea, continental slope, cat-like eyes, ground shark, soft-bodied, large mouth, wide gape, dark brown, grey, > 2m, marine, adult,