| Common names: catshark (English), pejegato (Espanol) |
Parmaturus xaniurus (Gilbert, 1892)
A flabby, soft-bodied shark with a short, rounded snout that is < mouth-width long; small teeth with multiple points; nasal flaps large, triangular; eyes are elongate ovals; well developed ridges under eyes; 2 dorsal fins about same size; the origin of the first dorsal just behind origin of the pelvic fins, origin of 2nd dorsal over origin of anal fin; second dorsal smaller than anal fin; spiracles present; intestine with a spiral valve; 5 gill slits, with the last 2 over the pectoral fin; pectorals small, width of rear margin < mouth width; tail strongly asymmetrical with little of no lower lobe a crest of saw-like denticles on upper tail edge only.
Grey-brown, without distinguishing color marks.
Reaches 55 cm
A bottom living shark.
Depth range 88-1250 m
Oregon to Baja and the western Gulf of California.