|Scientific Name:||Bythaelurus incanus|
|Species Authority:||Last & Stevens, 2008|
Bythaelurus sp. nov. A
Halaelurus sp. subspecies A
|Taxonomic Notes:||[[RECORDED AS "DISCARDED" UNTIL DESCRIPTION PUBLISHED BECAUSE THIS IS ASSESSED AS DD]]
Originally placed under genus Halaelurus and subgenus Bythaelurus. Bythaelurus has now been elevated to generic level.
Further specimens are required to enable description of this species. The classification of this species as belonging to the genus Halaelurus also needs to be assessed as it may represent a new genus within the Scyliorhinidae (P. Last pers. comm).
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||White, W.T. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003)|
|Reviewer(s):||Fowler, S. & Kyne, P.M. (Shark Red List Authority)|
Known only from one 44 cm long immature male specimen caught on the continental slope off Ashmore Reef, northwestern Australia, in 900 m depth. It is unlikely to be caught by any fishery at this depth.
|Range Description:||Halaeulurus sp. nov. A is known from only one specimen caught off the continental slope off the Ashmore Reef, northwestern Australia in 900 m depth (Last and Stevens 1994). The species has only been caught from FAO Fisheries Area 57 (Indian Ocean – eastern).|
Native:Australia (Western Australia)
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – eastern
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|Habitat and Ecology:||
Data deficient, this species is solely known from the continental slope off northwestern Australia in 900 m depth (Last and Stevens 1994).
Appears to attain a larger size than known members of the genus Halaelurus, with the single recorded specimen a immature male at 44 cm total length (TL) (Last and Stevens 1994).
|Major Threat(s):||Data deficient. Probably minimal threats due to the depth they occur in.|
|Conservation Actions:||Further investigation into the range and taxonomy of this species is required.|
|Citation:||White, W.T. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003) 2003. Bythaelurus incanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.|