White-bodied catshark

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White-bodied catshark
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae
Genus: Apristurus
A. albisoma
Binomial name
Apristurus albisoma
Nakaya & Séret, 1999
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The white-bodied catshark (Apristurus albisoma) is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae.


This shark is coloured whitish to light grey.[2]


This species is found in the western Pacific.[3] The area of occupancy of this small benthic endemic shark was presumed very limited (less than 2,000 km²), being restricted to a narrow depth band on insular and seamount slopes near New Caledonia.[2] However this species has been collected in waters of the north of New Zealand on the West Norfolk Ridge.[2]

Conservation status

Although this species has been classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as of least concern, there is a worry that this species may be taken as un-utilised bycatch by deepwater trawl fisheries and that, like other deepwater species, it may not be sufficiently fecund to withstand exploitation pressure in these fisheries.[1] The New Zealand Department of Conservation has classified the white-bodied catshark as "Data deficient" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kyne, P.M. & Fowler, S.L. 2015. Apristurus albisoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T41718A68608640. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T41718A68608640.en. Downloaded on 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, Clive; Stewart, A. L.; Struthers, Carl D.; Barker, Jeremy; Kortet, Salme; Freeborn, Michelle (2015). The fishes of New Zealand. 2. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press. p. 78. ISBN 9780994104168. OCLC 908128805.
  3. ^ Pollerspöck, Jürgen; Straube, Nicolas (February 2019). "Apristurus albisoma". shark-references.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ Duffy, Clinton A. J.; Francis, Malcolm; Dunn, M. R.; Finucci, Brit; Ford, Richard; Hitchmough, Rod; Rolfe, Jeremy (2016). Conservation status of New Zealand chondrichthyans (chimaeras, sharks and rays), 2016 (PDF). Wellington, New Zealand: Department of Conservation. p. 8. ISBN 9781988514628. OCLC 1042901090.

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