Parmaturus melanobranchus

(Chan, 1966)

Blackgill catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Chan, W.L. (1966)
New sharks from the South China Sea. Journal of Zoology, 146(2), 218–237

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Dichichthys melanobranchus, Figaro melanobranchus, Figaro piceus, Parmaturus cf. melanobranchius, Parmaturus melanobranchius

Parmaturus melanobranchus
Holotype: BMNH: 1965.8.11.6;
Figaro piceus
Holotype: Shanghai Fish. Coll.: 89; Paratype: SCSFRI: D2436;

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Citation: Parmaturus melanobranchus (Chan, 1966): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2023

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Common names
spa Pejegato de agallas negras, fra \(T\) Holbiche à joues noires, eng Blackgill cat shark, eng Blackgill catshark

Short Description
Light brown with distal parts and anterior margins of fins, snout, nostrils, and gills blackish brown in young, possibly uniform blackish brown in adults [16823].

Northwest Pacific: known from only 3 specimens taken in the South China Sea. Collected less than a degree north of the northwestern boundary of the Western Central Pacific [16823]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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

Size / Weight / Age
85 cm TL (female)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 540 - 810 m [517]

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