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  Common names: catshark (English), pejegato (Espanol)
Parmaturus xaniurus (Gilbert, 1892)

Filetail catshark

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.   


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