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Eridacnis sinuans (African ribbontail catshark)

(Smith, 1957)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Chondrichthyes > Elasmobranchii > Galeomorphii > Carcharhiniformes > Proscylliidae

Eridacnis sinuans (African ribbontail catshark) [Illustration by Ann Hecht ]


A dwarf, slender grey-brown shark with two equal-sized dorsal fins and a long tapelike caudal fin.


To 37 cm TL.


East coast, central Natal and southern Mozambique; also Tanzania.




Upper slope in warm-temperate and tropical waters on or near the bottom at 180 to 480 m.


Common off Natal and Mozambique. Bears two young. Feeds mainly on small bony fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods.

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Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale