Figaro boardmani (Whitley, 1928)
Sawtail catshark
Figaro boardmani
photo by FAO

Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  61 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 128 - 823 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: southern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Three broad dark saddles in front of first dorsal fin, about as wide as eye diameter or wider (Ref. 11146).
Biology:  A little-known but common Australian catshark found on the outer continental shelf and upper slope, presumably on or near the bottom (Ref. 11146, 75154). Feeds mainly on fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods (Ref. 6871). Appears to aggregate by sex (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 May 2015 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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