Asymbolus galacticus Séret & Last, 2008
Starry catshark
Asymbolus galacticus
photo by MNHN

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  47.7 cm TL (male/unsexed); 46.6 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 235 - 550 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Small and slender species of catshark with the following set of characters: distinct variegated colour pattern with numerous milky white blotches surrounded by rusty-brown spots and blotches; dorsal saddles on back are faint and dusky, dorsal ground light brown, paler on sides; claspers in adults are long and slender, distally pointed; teeth with 3 or 5 cusps; the median cusps much larger than those adjacent (Ref. 77056).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 June 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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