Apristurus platyrhynchus

(Tanaka, 1909)

Spatulasnout catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Tanaka, S. (1909)
Descriptions of one new genus and ten new species of Japanese fishes. Journal of the College of Science. Imperial University, Tokyo, 27(8), 1–27

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Apristurus acanutus, Apristurus verweyi, Pentanchus platyrhynchus, Pentanchus verweyi, Scyliorhinus platyrhynchus

Apristurus platyrhynchus
Holotype: ZUMT: 2154;
Apristurus acanutus
Holotype: SCSFRI: D0172; Paratype: SFC: D0161;
Pentanchus verweyi
Holotype: USNM: 93135;

Description :

Citation: Apristurus platyrhynchus (Tanaka, 1909): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2024

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Apristurus platyrhynchus Tanaka, 1909: lateral view of TMFE 520, adult male 711 mm TL, Japan; CSIRO H 913–01, adult male 666 mm TL, Australia; ventral view of head of CSIRO H 913–01. Scale bar = 5 cm. In: Kawauchi, J. & SASAHARA, R. & SATO, K. & Nakaya, K. (2008): Occurrence of the deep-water catsharks Apristurus platyrhynchus and Apristurus pinguis in the Indian and Western South Pacific Oceans (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 75-92
Common names
spa Pejegato de Borneo, spa Pejegato espatulado, fra \(T\) Holbiche malaise, fra \(T\) Holbiche spatule, eng Borneo cat shark, eng Borneo catshark, eng Spatulasnout cat shark, eng Spatulasnout catshark

Short Description
Diagnostic features include the very short abdomen, with interspace between pectoral and pelvic fins base shorter than 3/5 of anal fin base length; pectoral fin tip reaching beyond the midpoint between pectoral and pelvic fins; first dorsal fin smaller in area than the second dorsal; posterior end base (axil) of second dorsal clearly in front of anal fin axil; low anal fin with a long base. Egg capsule very slender; without tendrils, conical posterior end. Claspers without hooks, with posterior margin of exorhipidion forming a free lobe (Ref. 37959). Black, brown or grey [16823], without conspicuous markings on fins [517].

Western Pacific: Philippines, South and East China seas; northward to the Suruga Bay, Japan. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
80.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517])

bathypelagic; marine; depth range 759 - 759 m (Ref. 58018)

shark-references Species-ID=338;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Neoalbionella kabatai (Benz & Izawa, 1990) [12587]