False Cat Shark

Family, Genus, Class & Etymology

Family    Pseudocarchariidae
Description    Crocodile sharks
Environment    Marine
Etymology    Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, Karcharias = a shark and also sharpened
Genus    1
No. of Species    1
Order    Lamniformes
Class    Elasmobranchii
Reproductive Guild    Bearers
Distribution    Scattered localities, coastal to oceanic, subtropical to tropical, Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Eyes exceptionally large, without a nictitating membrane; five gill openings extending onto dorsal surface of head; two low, angular dorsal fins; caudal peduncle with upper and lower precaudal pits and with low lateral keel. Ovoviviparous, embryos feeding on yolk sac and other ova produced by the mother (Ref. 50449). Maximum length 1.1 m.