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Family: PROSCYLLIIDAE, Shark-finbackcat, Finback Catsharks


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small, slender
D1 short, base nearer pelvic than pectoral
C no lower lobe
teeth very small, similar on both jaws, with multiple points
rear teeth = combs
with A

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PROSCYLLIIDAE

FINBACK CATSHARKS

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