Parmaturus nigripalatum Fahmi & Ebert, 2018
Indonesian filetail catshark
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Family:  Pentanchidae (Deepwater catsharks)
Max. size:  54.8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 170 - 190 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Indonesia (Sumbawa I.); possibly be more widespread in the region.
Diagnosis:  This moderate-sized species is distinguished by the following characters: slender body has soft-velvety skin, where dermal denticles on side and upper body are tricuspidate; coloration of body uniformly plain medium brown; head slightly depressed; snout is relatively short; mouth curved, the upper and lower labial furrows are conspicuous with the uppers and lowers of equal lengths; roof of mouth blackish with darker pores; teeth are mainly tricuspidate with greatly elongate median cusps, about 50 rows in both jaws; origin of the first dorsal fin is posterior to the insertion of the pelvic fins, pre-first dorsal fin is slightly posterior of body mid-length; origin of the second dorsal fin is posterior to mid-length of anal fin base; pelvic fins origin and vent are slightly posterior to midlength; second dorsal fin is slightly larger than first; caudal peduncle is relatively short, pronounced caudal crests on upper and lower anterior caudal fin margins has enlarged denticles; vertebral counts monospondylous centra 42, precaudal centra 90 (Ref. 119153).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.11.18

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