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Proscylliidae - Finback Catsharks



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Subphylum: Vertebrata
 Class: Chondrichthyes
 Order: Carcharhiniformes
 Family: Proscylliidae

There are five species of small, slender sharks in this family. Finback catsharks are deep sea sharks. They are found in warm temperate waters of the western North Atlantic and in the Indian and west Pacific Oceans. Finback catsharks have long, oval, cat-like eyes; two dorsal fins; and nictitating eyelids. They eat small fish and invertebrates. The tiny pygmy ribbontail catshark is the smallest member of this family. It is only 6-7 inches long.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa antarctica Antarctic Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean Indian Ocean Mediterranian Mediterranean/Black Sea pacific ocean Pacific Ocean More InfoClick for More Info pictureClick for Image

New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

None   Cuban Ribbontail Catshark - Eridacnis barbouri North America atlantic Ocean

Species Around the World

Harlequin Catshark - Ctenacis fehlmanni Africa
Pygmy Ribbon Tail Catshark - Eridacnis radcliffei Least Concern Africa Asia pacific ocean

  African Ribbontail Catshark - Eridacnis sinuans Least Concern Africa
Proscyllium habereri  Asia pacific ocean

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