Apristurus nakayai

Iglésias, 2012

Milk-eye catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Iglésias, S.P. (2012)
Apristurus nakayai sp. nov., a new species of deepwater catshark (Chondrichthyes: Pentanchidae) from New Caledonia. Cybium, 36(4), 511–519

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Apristurus nakayai Iglésias, 2012, images of the original description; © Samuel Paco Iglésias

Apristurus nakayai
Holotype: MNHN: 2003-1983;

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Apristurus nakayai Iglésias, 2012, holotype MNHN 2003-1983, adult male, 676 mm TL, Scale bars = 5 cm; © Samuel Paco Iglésias
Common names
eng Milk-eye catshark

Short Description
Original diagnose after Iglésias 2012 [18076]: “A medium-sized species of Apristurus of the brunneus group with the following combination of characters: shiny white iris on fresh specimen; brownish black colouration; short interspace from P1 free rear tip to P2 origin, subequal to internarial width; midpoint of the total length located well behind cloaca; pectoral fins large, width about 2.7 times P1 tip-P2 origin; long anal-fin base, longer than D1 insertion- D2 insertions; first dorsal fin located well behind pelvic-fin insertion; first dorsal fin markedly smaller than second one; long caudal fin terminal lobe, its length more than twice its height; no denticles in the mouth; very short pyloric stomach; intestinal spiral valves 16; monospondylous vertebrae 36; precaudal diplospondylous vertebrae 37.”

only known from the Coriolis Bank off western New Caledonia, southwestern Pacific Ocean [18076]

Size / Weight / Age
male: 676 mm TL (holotype) [18076]

bathydemersal, marine, depht range: 953-1.022 m [18076]

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