Shorefishes of the Greater Caribbean online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Schroederichthys maculatus, Narrowtail Cat Shark

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

adult: saddles indistinct
no dark spots, many white spots
D1 ~ D2
juv 6-9 dark saddles, 3 between Ds
nasal flaps broad, triangular

Schroederichthys maculatus Springer, 1966

Narrowtail Cat Shark

Body slender, tapering, trunk behind pelvics very elongate, tip of snout to anus ~1/3 TL; head slightly depressed, rounded in profile; a crest over eye; eye a horizontal oval; snout short, round; front nostril flap triangular, broad, without barbel; lip furrows of moderate size on both jaws; teeth similar on both jaws, most with 3 points, central point 4-5X length of side points; 5 gill slits, last 2 over pectoral; two large dorsal fins, of similar size; origin of first over last half of pelvic base to just behind it; origin of second dorsal over last third of anal fin base to behind anal fin insertion; pelvic and anal fins small; tail fin asymmetric, short, its base without a keel, no crests of denticles along margins; color pattern of combinations of light and dark spots and saddles.

Upper head and body brown, with many round to ovoid white spots; juvenile with 6-9 indistinct pale brown saddles, 3 between dorsal fins, those disappearing in adults; fins pale brown, without spots.

Reaches 35 cm.

Depth range 190-411 m.

Outer continental shelf and upper slope

Honduras to Colombia

High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • 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
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 190
Depth Range Max
  • 411