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Family: PSEUDOTRIAKIDAE, False catsharks


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snout long, bell-shaped
deep groove before oval eyes
D closer to pectoral than pelvic
long angular mouth
many small teeth
teeth similar on both jaws

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FAMILY PSEUDOTRIAKIDAE

FALSE CATSHARKS

Head, body and fins soft and flabby; head narrow & rounded; snout elongate, rounded, bell-shaped; a deep groove before elongated, slit-like eyes;  front nasal flaps broadly angular; mouth long, angular, arched, extends past eyes; lip furrows very short; teeth small, with acute narrow points & 1 pair of side cusplets, not bladelike, similar in both jaws, rear teeth comblike; many tooth rows (upper 96 - 294, lower 108 – 335); pectoral fins rounded; 1st  dorsal fin nearer pectorals than pelvics; no pits on tail origin; tail fin with ventral lobe weak to absent; no undulations on upper edge of tail fin.

A family with three genera and 4 species

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER FAO