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Parmaturus albipenis  Séret & Last, 2007

White-clasper catshark
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Etymology: Parmaturus: Latin, parma, -ae = a little shield + Greek, oura = tail;  albipenis: From the Latin words 'albus' meaning white and 'penis' for the copulatory organ; referring to its white claspers which contrast strongly with its dark brownish body coloration..   More on author: Last.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 688 - 732 m (Ref. 74543).   Deep-water

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74543)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This scyliorhinid catshark is distinguished by the following set of characters: a soft body with velvety skin, with small, tricuspidate denticles; whitish claspers, contrasting with the brownish body coloration; presence of caudal crests but denticles are not enlarged, the crests reaching almost to second dorsal and anal-fin insertions; teeth tri- or quadricuspidate, in the upper jaw about 130 rows; first dorsal fin slightly in front middle of back, pre-first dorsal length 46.2% TL, origin slightly in front of pelvic-fin origin; pelvic-fin origin slightly in front of midbody, pre-pelvic length 47.1% TL; vent slightly behind mid-body, pre-vent length 52.0% TL; short snout, prenarial length 4.3% TL; short mouth, its length 3.1% TL; very short labial furrows, confined to mouth corners; head is shorter than abdomen, head length 19.8% TL, pectoral-pelvic length 24.2% TL; dorsal fins are large, subequal in size, anterior margins about 11.3% TL, with the first dorsal more erect than second; well-developed subterminal caudal lobe , subterminal margin length 5.7% TL, terminal margin length 5.1% TL; 39 monospondylous centra; 79 precaudal centra, 123 total (Ref. 74543).

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Western Pacific: New Caledonia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Compagno, Leonard J.V. | Collaborators

Séret, B. and P. Last, 2007. Four new species of deep-water catsharks of the genus Parmaturus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from New Caledonia, Indonesia and Australia. Zootaxa (2007):1-17.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5020   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00331 (0.00155 - 0.00706), b=3.10 (2.91 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .