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); australis: Named for its geographic distribution, currently known only from southern hemisphere around Australia.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 486 - 1035 m (Ref. 76943). Subtropical
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 45 - 55 cm
Max length : 61.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76943)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species has the following characters: flattened prenarial snout, apparently longer than interorbital width; furrows of upper labial much longer than the lower ones; pectoral fin widely expanding posteriorly, with outer margin a little longer than P1-P2 space; short abdomen, P1-P2 space narrower than preorbital length or anal fin base length; origin of first dorsal-fin just above or slightly anterior to pelvic-fin insertion; 50–64 and 48–68 tooth rows on upper and lower jaws, respectively; teeth with 5 or more cusps, including the anterior ones; egg capsule with no coiled tendrils on anterior and posterior ends, posterior end tapering toward tip; color preserved in alcohol is uniformly pale brownish to light greyish, sometimes light yellowish brown; the dorsal side of body is a little darker than ventral side (Ref. 76943).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Indian and Pacific coasts of Australia.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sato, K., K. Nakaya and M. Yorozu, 2008. Apristurus australis sp. nov., a new long-snout catshark (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Australia. pp. 113-122. In Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds.): Descriptions of New Australian Chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 22. (Ref. 76943)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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 (0.00152 - 0.00657), 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) .