Apristurus manis

Author: (Springer, 1979)

Apristurus manis (Springer, 1979)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Apristurus manis (Springer, 1979) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: Body relatively stout, trunk strongly tapering toward head. Snout long, relatively narrow and bell-shaped, preoral snout about 9 to 11% of total length; posterior interbranchial septa without pleats or profecting medial lobes; mouth and labial furrows extending well in front of eyes; labial folds somewhat enlarged. Interdorsal space slightly greater than first dorsal base. First dorsal fin slightly smaller than second, it's base of first over 3/4 length of second. Origin of first dorsal over or slightly anterior to pelvic midbases; pectoral inner margins long, nearly length of pectoral bases; interspace between pectoral and pelvic bases, short, equal or less than preorbital length; caudal fin long and narrow with a conspicous crest of enlarged denticles on its dorsal margin. Colour: grey or blackish with light tips on pectorals and dorsals of young at least. Size: to 85 cm (males).

Habitat: benthic on continental slopes between 660 and 1740 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data

Distribution: Eastern North Atlantic continental slope around Porcupine Bank, west of Ireland, Western North Atlantic off Massechusetts, possibly off Mauretania (Compagno, 1984)