Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Pentanchidae
Etymology: Apristurus: Greek, a = without + Greek, pristis = saw + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); yangi: Named for Dr Lei Yang (extensive molecular phylogenetic work on sharks and rays contributed toward an improved understanding of their alpha taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 630 - 786 m (Ref. 116167). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.7 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This long-snouted species is distinguished by the following set of characters: head long and narrow, head length 23.5-23.8% TL; interorbital space 5.8-6.7% TL; very elongate snout, preoral length 12.4-12.7% TL; preorbital length 12.6-12.9% TL; wide mouth, its width 7.9-8.6% TL; pelvic-anal space 3.2-4.0% TL; anal fin is relatively large, base length 14.9-15.4% TL; anal-fin posterior margin 11.0% TL; prepectoral length is relatively long, about 22.3-23.5% TL; labial furrows long and not confined to mouth corners, uppers 3.7-3.8% TL; absence of enlarged denticles on upper or lower caudal fin; duodenum of intestine very short, 8 intestinal spiral valves; tip of snout blackish; 32-33 monospondylous centra; 38 precaudal-diplospondylous vertebrae; precaudal centra 70-71; females mature to adult by 43.7 cm TL; egg case is small (about 5.9 cm long), with faint longitudinal striations (Ref. 116167).
The pregnant female individual caught contained a single egg capsule (Ref. 116167).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
White, W.T., R.R. Mana and G.J.P. Naylor, 2017. Description of a new species of deepwater catshark Apristurus yangi n. sp. (Carcharhiniformes: Pentanchidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4320(1):025-040. (Ref. 116167)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00316 (0.00148 - 0.00675), b=3.09 (2.90 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .