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Species: Galeus cadenati, Longfin Cat Shark, Longfin sawtail catshark

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head to under D2: row large, round blotches
eye to A: row large, round blotches
denticle crests: only top edge of C
A base =/> 14% TL

Galeus cadenati  Springer, 1966

Longfin 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; 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 low and long, its base 13.2-15% TL, its origin under tip of 1st dorsal fin, its free rear tip reaching nearly to (within distance ½ length of eye) or a little after 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 row below , between the eye and front of the anal fin; tail fin with irregular dark marks.

Reaches 35 cm

On and near the bottom

Depth range 256-549 m.

Panama and Colombia.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 256
Depth Range Max
  • 549