Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae
Etymology: Apristurus: Greek, a = without + Greek, pristis = saw + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); albisoma: Named for the whitish coloration of the body.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 935 - 1564 m (Ref. 36058). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 59.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36058); 56.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body whitish. Eyes small; interobital region 2.7 - 3.6 times eye diameter. Supraorbital sensory canal continuous. Second dorsal fin axil before anal fin axil. Upper labial furrows equal or shorter than lower furrows. Tricuspid dermal denticles overlapping. Spiral valves 6-10.
Western Pacific: southern waters off New Caledonia, slopes of the seamounts of the Norfolk and Lord Howe ridges.
Sexual maturity attained between 40 and 50 cm TL (Ref. 36058). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
Nakaya, K. and B. Séret, 1999. A new species of deepwater catshark, Apristurus albisoma n.sp. from New Caledonia (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). Cybium 23(3):297-310. (Ref. 36058)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00316 (0.00154 - 0.00651), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec assumed to be <10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .