Apristurus riveri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Apristurus riveri
Species Authority: Bigelow & Schroeder, 1944
Common Name(s):
English Broadgill Catshark
French Holbiche Grandes Oreilles
Spanish Pejegato Agallón

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): Cavanagh, R.D. & Fowler, S.L. (Shark Red List Authority)
An uncommon and poorly known deepwater catshark recorded from 732 to 1,461 m in the Western Central Atlantic where it is known from the northern Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Reaches 46 cm total length (TL) but nothing known of its biology. Of no interest to fisheries at present. Insufficient information available to assess the species beyond Data Deficient at this time.
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Western Central Atlantic: Known from Dominican Republic, Cuba, the northern Gulf of Mexico (Florida to Mississippi, USA), Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela (Compagno et al. 2005).
Colombia; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Honduras; Mexico; Panama; United States (Alabama, Florida, Mississippi); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population: Reported as uncommon (Compagno in prep. b).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Known from the continental slope at depths of 732 to 1,461 m (Compagno et al. 2005). Maximum size 46 cm total length (TL); adult males 43 to 46 cm TL, adult females 40 to 41 cm TL. Little is known of its biology. Oviparous, with a single egg per oviduct laid at a time (Compagno in prep. b).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Of no interest to fisheries (Compagno, in prep. b).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further research is required on this poorly known species in order to better document its distribution, biology and bycatch levels.

Citation: Leandro, L. & Kyne, P.M. 2007. Apristurus riveri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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