Galeus arae (Nichols, 1927)
Roughtail catshark
photo by FAO

 Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
 Max. size:  36 cm TL (male/unsexed); 43 cm TL (female)
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 250 - 750 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: South Carolina to Florida (USA), northern Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coast from Belize to Nicaragua.
 Diagnosis:  Presence of caudal crest of large denticles. Ground tint pale yellowish brown, strikingly marked along sides and back with row of dark brown blotches and spots (Ref. 6032).
 Biology:  Found on the upper continental and insular slopes. Feeds on deepwater shrimps. There is partial segregation by depth. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 09.08.06
 Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.03.94

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