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Apristurus canutus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA CHONDRICHTHYES CARCHARHINIFORMES SCYLIORHINIDAE

Scientific Name: Apristurus canutus
Species Authority: Springer & Heemstra, 1979
Common Name/s:
English Hoary Catshark
French Holbiche Grise
Spanish Pejegato Cano

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor/s: Leandro, L. & Kyne, P.M.
Reviewer/s: Kyne, P.M., Cavanagh, R.D., & Fowler, S.L.
Justification:
A little-known deepwater catshark recorded from 521 to 915 m on the insular slopes of the Caribbean. Several disjunct records from the Straits of Florida, Leeward Islands off Antigua and Anguilla, Netherlands Antilles, Colombia and Venezuela. Reaches 45.5 cm total length (TL) but nothing known of its biology. Not presently of any interest to fisheries. Further research is required to determine its exact distribution, biology and habitat.
History:
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Western Central Atlantic where it is known from various localities in the Caribbean: Leeward Islands off Antigua and Anguilla, Netherlands Antilles, Straits of Florida, Colombia and Venezuela (Compagno in prep. b, Compagno et al. 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Colombia; Netherlands Antilles; United States (Florida); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population size.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded from the insular slopes at depths of 521 to 915 m (Compagno et al. 2005). Virtually nothing known of its biology. Maximum size 45.5 cm total length (TL): males are adult at 42.8 cm TL, and females are adult at 39.5 to 45.5 cm TL (Compagno in prep. b).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is of no interest to fisheries (Compagno in prep. b).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further research is required to determine the species' exact distribution, biology and habitat.
Citation: Leandro, L. & Kyne, P.M. 2007. Apristurus canutus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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