Eridacnis sinuans

(Smith, 1957)

African ribbontail catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Proscylliidae

Reference of the original description
Smith, J.L.B. (1957)
A new shark from South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 53(10), 261–264

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Neotriakis sinuans

Eridacnis sinuans
Holotype: SAIAB: 31; Paratype: SAIAB: not researched;

Description :

Citation: Eridacnis sinuans (Smith, 1957): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2024

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Eridacnis sinuans (Smith, 1957), © FAO,
Common names
spa Tollo coludo africano, fra \(T\) Requin chat à rubans, fra \(T\) Requin-chat à rubans, eng African ribbontail cat shark, eng African ribbontail catshark

Short Description
A slender, dwarf catshark with 2 equal-sized dorsal fins and a long tape-like caudal fin [536]. Grey-brown in color [536].

Western Indian Ocean: confined to South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Bears two young [536]. Size at birth between 15 and 17 cm [517]. Found on the upper continental slope and outer shelf. Feeds on small bony fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods. Geographic or bathymetric segregation of populations by sex probably occurs as most specimens taken off Natal were male.

Size / Weight / Age
37 cm TL (female)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 180 - 480 m [517]

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