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Filetail Catshark

Parmaturus xaniurus

Physical Characters : The filetail catshark gets its common name from the toothlike projections on its skin. Catsharks are relatively small, usually 12 to 39 inches long (30-100 cm), with flat heads and long, catlike eyes. Their teeth are very small and they have several rows of teeth in each jaw. These are normally upto to 2 feet long (60 cm) long.

When a light shines on a catshark's eyes, they glow-much like a cat's eyes do. That's because cats and sharks have special light-sensitive eyes designed for hunting in near-darkness. A catshark is always on the prowl. When a fish or squid swims nearby, the catshark lunges with its mouth wide open and makes a quick meal of its prey.

Distribution : Mostly these are distributed at the seafloor, 300-4,100 feet (90-1,250 m) .

Food : These are mostly eating crustaceans, cephalopods, fishes.