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Species: Galeus springeri, Striped sawtail catshark, Striped Cat Shark

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head & nape: broad, pointed dark stripe
back & Ds: dark saddles
denticle crests: top & bottom edges of C

Galeus springeri  Konstantinou & Cozzi, 1998

Striped sawtail catshark    

Body slender, firm, thick skin; head slightly depressed; snout moderately long, pointed; 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 end of pelvic base;  origin of 2nd dorsal over to slightly before center of anal fin base; pectorals relatively large; anal fin large, elongate, its base 12.1-14.6% TL, its origin behind tip of 1st dorsal fin to midway between dorsals;  top edge of tail fin with a crest of enlarged denticles, top of crest flattened, with several rows of normally shaped denticles, 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 with a denticle crest similar to the dorsal tail crest, ends before tail fin.

Nape dark, with a pair of longitudinal dark stripes outline with white along head and nape; dark saddles along back, 2 under and on dorsal fins; tail fin with 2 dark saddles.  

Reaches 53 cm

On and near the bottom

Depth range 457-824 m.

Cuba to the Leeward Islands.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Antilles endemic
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 824
Depth Range Min
  • 457
Length Max
  • 53