Apristurus profundorum (Goode & Bean, 1896)
Deep-water catshark
Apristurus profundorum
photo by Treberg, J.

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  54.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 256 - 1830 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: from Davis Strait, Canada, south to off Delaware Bay, USA and off Suriname (Ref. 13608). Eastern Atlantic: Morocco and northwest Africa (Ref. 40643).
Diagnosis:  Short snout, small eye, shorter gill openings. Uniform grayish brown below and above in alcohol (Ref. 6032).
Biology:  Inhabits the continental slope. Maximum length unknown, adolescent at 51 cm TL. Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Usually caught in deep exploratory trawls, and has no commercial interest (Ref. 117245).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 June 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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