Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Proscylliidae
Etymology: Proscyllium: Greek, pro = first, in front of + Greek, skylla = a kind of shark (Ref. 45335); magnificum: Name from Latin 'magnificus' meaning noble, splendid, referring to the strikingly beautif More on authors: Last & Vongpanich.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range - 144 m (Ref. 58071), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Eastern Indian Ocean: Myanmar (Ref. 58071) and India (Ref. 118627).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 49.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 58071)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A slender finback catshark that is characterized by the following: second dorsal-fin apex over anal fin with its origin slightly forward of the anal-fin origin; interdorsal distance subequal to head length; snout to cloaca length more than twice (2.1-2.3 times) interdorsal distance; lower labial furrow more than twice (2.7-3.7 times) length of upper furrow; anterior nasal flaps with a greatly enlarged posterior lobe; internarial space only slightly shorter than nostril width; dorsal margin of caudal fin about twice (1.9-2 times) length of second dorsal fin; height of second dorsal fin about twice (1.9-2.1 times) height of anal fin; dorsal surface and sides with a striking color pattern consisting of numerous dark spots and blotches, some equal or large than eye diameter; white spots on body absent; monospondylous centra 38-39; total centra 140-143 (Ref. 58071).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R. and V. Vongpanich, 2004. A new finback catshark Proscyllium magnificum (Elasmobranchii: Proscylliidae) from the northeastern Indian Ocean. Phuket Mar. Biol. Center Res. Bull. (65):23-29. (Ref. 58071)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6328 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .