Galeus eastmani (Jordan & Snyder, 1904)
Gecko catshark
Galeus eastmani
photo by Ho, H.-C.

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal
Distribution:  Western Pacific: off Japan and the East China Sea; possibly Viet Nam (Ref. 11146). Recorded in the Philippines during the MUSORSTOM November 1980 cruise.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Obscure saddle markings on body and precaudal tail, and with dark markings on the terminal and hypural caudal-fin lobes (Ref. 11146).
Biology:  A little-known, but very common shark, found in deep water near the bottom (Ref. 11146). Maximum length of at least 40 cm TL, probably reaching 50 cm (Ref. 11146).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 July 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.09.19
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.03.94

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