Bythaelurus immaculatus (Chu & Meng, 1982)
Spotless catshark
photo by FAO

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  71 cm TL (male/unsexed); 76 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 534 - 1020 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: only known from the South China Sea at about 380 to 400 km east of Hainan Island Occurrence in the Western Central Pacific uncertain, marginal in the South China Sea (Ref. 11146). For unavailability of material to be examined, the generic placement and recognition of this species is provisional.
Biology:  Found on the continental slope. Just recently described. Not utilized at present.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 August 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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