Apristurus microps

Author: (Gilchrist, 1922)

Apristurus microps (Gilchrist, 1922)

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

Diagnosis: body relatively stout, trunk slightly tapering toward head; posterior interbranchial septa without pleats or projecting medial lobes; mouth and labial furrows extending well in front of eyes; labial folds enlarged. Interdorsal space equal toor slightly less than first dorsal base; first dorsal fin about as large or slightly smaller than second, basesabout equally long or first slightly smaller than second; origin of first dorsal about opposite last third of pelvic bases; pectoral inner margins extremely short, about a third of pectoral bases; interspace between pectoral and pelvic bases short to moderately long; caudal with a loose crest of enlarged denticles on dorsal caudal margin. Colour: dusky brown or grey-brown to purplish-black, without conspicuous markins on fins.Size: over 54 cm.

Habitat: benthic on continental slopes between 1000 and 2000 m.Food: no data.Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: ?Eastern North Atlantic, between Iceland and Scotland. Elsewhere, Eastern South Atlantic off southwestern Cape Province, South Africa and ?Western North Atlantic off Newfoundland. (Compagno, 1984).