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Species: Galeus antillensis, Antilles sawtail catshark, Antilles Cat Shark

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shoulder & body: 2 rows round, light edged blotches
C 2 dark saddles + dark tip
denticle crests: only top edge of C
A base <14% TL

Galeus antillensis  Springer, 1979

Antilles sawtail catshark    

Body slender, firm, thick skin; head slightly depressed; snout = / < than mouth width, thick, not flattened, pointed, relatively short, 6.6% TL before mouth, 6.9% before eye; no crests on skull over eyes; ridge under eye narrow to absent; nasal flaps broad, triangular, low, without barbels;  no grooves from nostrils to mouth; mouth short, broadly arched; central teeth with long, narrow central cusp & a smaller cusp on each side; side teeth with smaller central cusp, 2-3 pairs of side cusps;  lip furrows on both jaws, moderately long, but ending well short of front of mouth; eyes on sides of head;  dorsal fins 2, equal sized; origin of 1st dorsal over front 1/3 of pelvic base;  origin of 2nd dorsal over to slightly behind center of anal fin base; pectorals relatively large; anal fin large, elongate, relatively short, its base 10.9% TL, its origin behind tip of 1st dorsal fin, its free rear tip ends well before lower tail fin origin; tail fin elongate, ~1/4 TL;  top edge of tail fin with a crest of various rows of enlarged denticles, top of crest flattened, side-row denticles asymmetrical (& much larger than those in center-rows), project laterally, covering a band of naked skin separating crest from normal denticles on rest of tail; under tail base without a denticle crest.

Upper head and body from behind eye to under 2nd dorsal fin with a row of medium to large, mainly round, dark, pale-edged blotches , 2 extending onto the dorsal fins; another similar row below , from the behind eye to above the anal fin; tail fin with two dark saddles & a dark tip.

Reaches 46 cm

On and near the bottom

Depth range 150-695 m.

Northern Cuba to the leeward Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 150
Depth Range Max
  • 695
Length Max
  • 46