Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Pentanchidae
Etymology: Apristurus: a-, Latin privative, i.e., without; pristis, from pristes (Gr.), sawyer (but here meaning saw); oura (Gr.), tail, referring to absence of saw-toothed crest of enlarged dermal denticles along upper edge of caudal fin as found in the closely related Pristiurus (=Galeus). (See ETYFish); manocheriani: In honor of Greg Manocherian (b. 1967), American real estate developer, investor and philanthropist, for his “strong commitment to and passion for shark conservation and research”. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 89 - 1300 m (Ref. 125616). Tropical
Southwest Indian Ocean: southern end of the Madagascar ridge at Walters Shoal.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 49 - ? cm
Max length : 55.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 125616); 49.5 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species in the spongiceps subgroup of Apristurus, is distinguished from all its congeners by the following set of characteris: an overall uniformly whitish 'porcelain' colored body with lighter colored anal and caudal-fin margins; a distinct white spot on tail tip (vs. a uniform dark brown to grayish, or blackish, body colouration, variably with blotches, flecks, spots, or squiggles, in all other spongiceps subgroup species, except A. albisoma and A. aphyodes with similar light coloration, but subtle differences); clasper hooks present (vs. absent); oral papillae absent or sparsely covering oral cavity roof (vs. distinct and densely covering oral cavity roof); dorsal caudal margin with widely spaced, non-overlapping dermal denticles (vs. closely spaced, overlapping denticles); lower tooth counts, 46-57 in upper jaw and 44-50 in lower jaw (vs. 56-71 and 49-70 respectively) (Ref. 125616).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Cordova, J.A. and D.A. Ebert, 2021. Apristurus manocheriani (Carcharhiniformes: Pentanchidae), a new species of catshark from the Southwest Indian Ocean. J. Ocean Sci. Found., 38:13-26. (Ref. 125616)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00355 (0.00173 - 0.00727), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100).