Figaro striatus Gledhill, Last & White, 2008
Northern sawtail shark
Northern sawtail shark
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Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Max. size:  42.1 cm TL (male/unsexed); 36.9 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 300 - 419 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Australia.
Diagnosis:  A very small species of catshark with the following characters: head in dorsoventral view narrowly parabolic, short 17.2-19.6% TL; small eye, its length 3.4-3.9% TL, 1.73-2.03 in snout, dorsolaterally located; well developed labial furrows , extending well beyond corners of mouth, lower furrow is slightly longer than the upper one; first dorsal fin is slightly smaller than the second one; small pelvic fins, slender, length 8.8-11.3% TL; posterior portion strongly directed posterodorsally (forming a small lobe, enveloping partly the proximo-lateral margin of clasper); strongly convex inner margin, forming a partial apron and connected to clasper dorsomedially near its base, soft tissue connecting insertions of pelvic fins is weak, not forming a prominent apron overlying ventral surface of tail; a much longer anal-fin base than second dorsal fin, base 9.9-10.9% TL, 2.4-6.0 times anal-caudal space; long caudal peduncle, anal-caudal space 1.6-4.2% TL; crest of enlarged denticles on anterior dorsal caudal-fin margin extending from about over origin of ventral caudal-fin lobe to almost mid-length of dorsal caudal-fin margin; crest of enlarged denticles originating at mid-point of caudal peduncle, extending to elevated part of ventral lobe; size at maturity for at about 38.0 cm TL; preserved color pale brown dorsally, with dark saddles and bars, lighter ventrally; pre-dorsally with about 4 larger saddles; saddles present below and between dorsal fins and extending onto caudal, these are rarely larger than eye diameter; larger saddles are pale edged, separated by narrower, less distinct bars; saddles rarely extending below the lateral midline; 35-38 monospondylous vertebrae; 85-93 precaudal; 140-149 in total (Ref. 76950).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 02 May 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality, South of Saumarez Reef, Saumarez Plateau, Queensland, CSIRO H 1312-01 (holotype of Figaro striatus, 42.1 cm TL, adult male). Known from the upper continental slope of Queensland, Australia, off Townsville (18°37′ S, 148°05′ E) south to Saumarez Plateau (22°42′ S, 154°05′ E), 300-419 m (Ref. 76950).

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 14.07.08

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