Galeus mincaronei Soto, 2001
Southern sawtail catshark
photo by Fischer, L.G.

 Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
 Max. size:  40.4 cm TL (male/unsexed); 38.8 cm TL (female)
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range - 430 m
 Distribution:  Southwest Atlantic: southern Brazil.
 Diagnosis:  Diagnosis: Distinguished by the following characters (vs. Galeus antillensis): shorter prepectoral length 16.1%-18.6% (vs. 19.4-21.8%); smaller pectoral anterior margin (8.9-10.1% (vs. 10.2-12.7%); smaller pectoral posterior margin 7.4-8.5% (vs. 8.8-11.6%); and fewer number of diplospondylous vertebrae 35-36, n=3 (vs. 39-78, n=4) (Ref. 56495).
 Biology:  The species inhabits deep-reefs in the shelf break and on the continental slope, and is often found in depths greater than 400 meters, with gorgonians, hard corals, tube sponges, crinoids, ophiuroids, and a great number of the sympatric scyliorhinid shark Scyliorhinus haeckelii (Ref. 56495). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
 IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (B1ab(v)) (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 24.09.03
 Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 21.07.08

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