Parmaturus bigus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Parmaturus bigus
Species Authority: Séret & Last, 2007
Common Name(s):
English Beige Catshark
French Holbiche Beige
Parmaturus sp. nov. A [Last & Stevens, 1994]

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-01
Assessor(s): Kyne, P.M., Cavanagh, R.D. & Valenti, S.V.
Reviewer(s): Fowler, S.L. & Gibson, C.G. (Shark Red List Authority)
This recently described, deepwater catshark is known only from a single specimen collected from near the Saumarez Plateau, northeastern Australia, at 590–606 m depth. The only known specimen, an adult female, measured 71 cm total length. The Beige Catshark (Parmaturus bigus) may be a rare endemic with a restricted range. Insufficient information is available to assess this species beyond Data Deficient. Further specimens and research is required.
2003 Data Deficient (IUCN 2003)
2003 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Western central Pacific: recorded from near the Saumarez Plateau, 22°56’S, 154°21’E, northeastern Australia (Séret and Last 2007).
Australia (Queensland)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: Known only from a single specimen.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded from 590–606 m depth. The only specimen, an adult female, measured 71 cm total length (TL) (Séret and Last 2007). Reproduction is oviparous.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Species may be rare and localised. Little fishing activity in area where single specimen was captured.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place. Research is needed on the species’ full range and occurrence and potential threats to it.

Citation: Kyne, P.M., Cavanagh, R.D. & Valenti, S.V. 2009. Parmaturus bigus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
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