IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Data Deficient Red List Criteria Version
Cavanagh, R.D. & Lisney, T.J. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003) Reviewer/s
Walker, T.I., Kyne, P.M. & Pogonoski, J. (Shark Red List Authority) Justification
This undescribed endemic belongs to a genus of poorly known deepwater catsharks. Very little is known of its biology. Possibly a widely distributed deep-water catshark found along the Australian continental slope at depths of 590 to 1,000 m, this consists of several distinct populations which may be separate species. Although part of the distribution includes heavily fished areas, particularly off southeastern Australia, much of its range is in unfished areas. Given the taxonomic uncertainty of the separate populations it is not possible to assess the conservation status of this species at this time. However, deepwater demersal trawl fisheries are expanding in the region, and the situation should be reassessed following taxonomic clarification.