There are two species in this family. The false cat shark is around 7-10 feet in length and is dark brown or gray. It is found in deep waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans at depths of 650-4,900 feet. It has a long, slender body; long, narrow, oval eyes; and a long, low first dorsal fin.
The slender smoothhound is also known as the gollum shark. It is found in the waters around Australia and New Zealand. It is slender brown shark, about 3.5 feet in length. It has a broad, flat head and a bell-shaped snout.
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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 NH Endangered in US Endangered in NH Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game
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False Catshark - Pseudotriakis microdon
The false catshark is found in deep waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
Source: Australian Museum Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School
Slender Smoothhound - Gollum attenuatus
The slender smoothhound is found in deep waters off the coasts of New Zealand and Australia.
Source: Museum Victoria Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School