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Apristurus ampliceps  Sasahara, Sato & Nakaya, 2008

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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Etymology: Apristurus: Greek, a = without + Greek, pristis = saw + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335);  ampliceps: Name from Latin 'amplus' for large and 'caput' for head, refers to its large head.

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Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 800 - 1503 m (Ref. 76941).   Temperate

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Southwest Pacific: New Zealand and Australia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 85.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76941); 79.6 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species has the following characters: upper labial furrows about equal to, or slightly shorter than the lower ones; length of pre-outer nostril 4.5-6.6% TL; semicircular upper jaw; continuous supraorbital sensory canal; first dorsal fin is slightly smaller than second; anal fin is rounded in shape; narrow dermal denticles, leaf-like and sparse in distribution; enlarged dermal denticles absent along the dorsal margin of caudal fin; 8-11 spiral valves in intestine; size at maturity 65.0-75.0 cm TL; uniformly brown or blackish brown body and fins (Ref. 76941).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Claspers of males are short and less than 2.0% TL in specimens less than 52.7 cm TL, which is ranked as maturity stage 1 (immature); 73.3-76.5 cm TL have long but soft claspers (3.9-4.2% TL, maturity stage 2; greater than 78 cm TL have long, well developed and hardened claspers (3.6-5.6% TL, maturity stage 3). Immature males are less than 52.7 cm TL and for females 37.4 cm TL (maturity stage 1); adolescent in males of 73.3-76.5 cm TL and females of 57.8-65.6 cm TL are (maturity stage 2); and adult in males with greater than 78 cm TL and females greater than 67.8 cm TL (maturity stage 3) (Ref. 76941).

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Sasahara, R., K. Sato and K. Nakaya, 2008. A new species of deepwater catshark, Apristurus ampliceps sp. nov., (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae), from New Zealand and Australia. 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. 76941)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 3.5 - 6.4, mean 4.6 (based on 20 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00324 (0.00159 - 0.00657), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.4 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):  High vulnerability (57 of 100) .