Apristurus nasutus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Scientific Name: Apristurus nasutus de Buen, 1959
Common Name(s):
English Largenose Catshark
French Holbiche Cyrano
Spanish Pejegato Hocicón
Taxonomic Notes: The genus Apristurus contains at least 32 described species and a relatively large number of potentially undescribed ones. Morphological conservatism and, until recently, a lack of objectively defined characters makes this one of the most taxonomically confused shark genera (Compagno 1984, Nakaya and Sato 1999).

Nakaya and Sato (1999) defined three species groups within Apristurus: the longicephalus group (two species); brunneus group (20 species); and spongiceps group (10 species). A. nasutus belongs to the brunneus group, characterized by: a short, wide snout (prenarial length < 6% TL); 13 to 22 valves in the spiral intestine; upper labial furrows obviously longer than the lower furrows; and a discontinuous supraorbital sensory canal.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Huveneers, C., Duffy, C. & Acuña, E.
Reviewer(s): Kyne, P.M., Cavanagh, R.D. & Fowler, S.L. (Shark Red List Authority)
A poorly known deepwater catshark of the continental slope off South America in the Eastern Pacific (nominal records from the Atlantic are probably a misidentification). Reaches a maximum size of 59 cm total length (TL) but nothing is known of its biology. Taken incidentally in small numbers in the Chilean deep-sea shrimp Heterocarpus reedi fishery (Acuña and Villaroel 2002). Information on interactions with fisheries not available from other countries in its range. Insufficient information is available to assess the species beyond Data Deficient at this time.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Eastern Pacific. Possibly also occurs in the Northeast Pacific. Nominally from the Eastern Central Pacific off Morocco, but this is probably another species (Compagno in prep. b).
Countries occurrence:
Chile; Ecuador; Panama
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Present - origin uncertain:
Atlantic – eastern central; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northeast; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A little-known shark of the upper continental slope reported at depths of 400 to 925 m (Compagno in prep. b) and 250 to 500 m off Northern and Central Chile (González 2001, Acuña and Villarroel 2002). Females never observed. Mature males reported at 51 to 59 cm total length (TL) (Compagno in prep. b).

Apristurus species are relatively small, sluggish sharks that live on or near the bottom. Diet includes crustaceans (penaeid shrimps, euphausiids), squids and small fishes. Where known reproduction is oviparous with one egg per oviduct. Eggcases are usually thick-walled and about 5 to 6.8 cm long and 2.5 to 2.9 cm wide. The anterior end of the case has a long weak fibrous thread on each corner. The posterior end usually has two small processes, each with a long coiled tendril. As in shallow water scyliorhinids the coiled tendrils are probably used to attach the egg cases to hard substrates and/or biogenic structures as they are laid.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potentially threatened by expansion of deepwater trawl fisheries. Off Northern and Central Chile (from 27º46-37" to 33º19'59"S) the species is taken as bycatch in the deep sea shrimp Heterocarpus reedi fishery (González 2001, Acuña and Villarroel 2002).

Not known to be utilized at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are in place for this species.

Classifications [top]

10. Marine Oceanic -> 10.1. Marine Oceanic - Epipelagic (0-200m)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.4. Unintentional effects: (large scale) [harvest]
♦ timing:Ongoing ♦ scope:Unknown ♦ severity:Unknown ⇒ Impact score:Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Acuña, E. and Villaroel, J.C. 2002. Bycatch of sharks and rays in the deep sea crustacean fishery off the Chilean coast. Shark News 14: 16-18.

Compagno, L.J.V. 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Sharks of the World: an annotated and illustrated catalogue of the shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 4(2). FAO, Rome.

Compagno, L.J.V. 1984. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 1. Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fish. Synop., (125) Vol. 4(1).

Compagno, L.J.V. In prep. b. Sharks of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the shark species known to date. Volume 3. (Carcharhiniformes). FAO Species Catalogue for Fisheries Purposes No. 1, Vol.3. FAO, Rome.

González, J.L. 2001. Fauna íctica concurrente en la pesquería del camarón nailon, Heterocarpus reedi Bahamonde, 1955, entre la II y VIII Regiones (25º01' S y 36º04' S). Tesis para optar al Título de Biólogo Marino, Universidad Católica del Norte ? Sede Coquimbo.

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 23 November 2004).

IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group. Specialist Group website. Available at:

Nakaya, K. and Sato, K. 1999. Species grouping within the genus Apristurus (Elasmobranchii: Scyliorhinidae). In: B. Séret and J-Y Sire (eds) Proceedings of the 5th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (Nouméa, 3-8 November 1997). Paris, Society Francaise d’Ichthyologie et Instutue de Recherches pour le Development: 307-320.

Citation: Huveneers, C., Duffy, C. & Acuña, E. 2004. Apristurus nasutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T44573A10921377. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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