Roughtail catshark

The roughtail catshark, Galeus arae, is a cat shark of the family Scyliorhinidae found from the western central Atlantic from South Carolina to Florida, northern Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean coast from Belize to Nicaragua, at depths of between 290 and 730 m. Its length is up to 36 cm.

The roughtail catshark is found on the upper continental and insular slopes. It has a caudal crest of large denticles, and feeds on deepwater shrimps. There is partial segregation by depth.

Coloration is pale yellowish brown, strikingly marked along the sides and back with a row of dark brown blotches and spots.

Reproduction is ovoviviparous.


  • Compagno, Dando, & Fowler, Sharks of the World, Princeton University Press, New Jersey 2005 ISBN 0-691-12072-2
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