Family: PROSCYLLIIDAE, Finback Cat Shark, Finback Cat Sharks
rear teeth = combs
FINBACK CAT SHARKS
Very small, deep water sharks; head narrowly rounded; snout rounded to angular; eyes elongate, cat-like; nostrils without barbells or grooves; mouth long, angular, arched, reaches forward past eyes; teeth small, with sharp, narrow points, often side points, not blade-like, similar on both jaws; lip furrows short to absent; gill slits 5, last two over pectoral bases; papillae on gill arches and palate; dorsal fins small, without spines; 1st dorsal short based, origin before but base nearer pelvics than pectorals; 2nd dorsal nearly as large as 1st dorsal; anal fin present; tail fin without a strong lower lobe, no undulations along top edge.
Three genera with 6 species; one in the Greater Caribbean.
PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FAO