Apristurus maderensis

Author: Cadenat and Maul, 1966

Apristurus maderensis Cadenat and Maul, 1966

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Apristurus laurussonii (Saemundsson, 1922) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: head long; interbranchial septa with a median posteriorly projecting lobe for a distance about equal to two spiracle diameters across the second to the fifth gill openings. First dorsal fin only a little smaller than second dorsal fin; origin of first dorsal fin slightly in advance of the posterior end of the pelvic fin base. Colour: uniformly blackish-brown. Size: to 68 cm (male) or 66.8 cm (female).

Habitat: benthic at 600-800 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: oviparous; the holotype had two horny egg capsules with more than 20 longitudinal striations.

Distribution: off Madeira. Possibly also from Iceland, Bill Bailey's, Lonsy and Great Sole Banks, eastern North Atlantic slope (Compagno, 1985).