Apristurus kampae

Alternate names: longnose catshark

Author: Taylor, 1972


General: Long broad, bell-shaped snout with a white rectangle on the dorsal surface, deep body (humped in the mid section; trunk strongly tapering toward head), pinkish-brown to dark brown; posterior fin edges are white and can usually be seen on video. Rounded anal fin is approximately twice as long as it is high, broad caudal fin. Gill slits are relatively long and eye relatively large compared to A. brunneus.

Size: to at least 6.4 cm.

Reproduction: As of Jan. 2019, no eggcases from this shark have been identified in MBARI video. Eggcases are approximately 61–69 mm in length, have no tendrils and are golden-yellow when <1 month old, after 1 month egg cases oxidize and become dark brown/black.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 180 to 1888 m

Habitat description: Demersal.

Ocean range (global): Oregon to Gulf of California. Possibly the Galapagos Islands.

Additional Information

Verified MBARI depth distribution: to 1283 m (Jan. 2016).

Consulting taxonomist: David Ebert, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Consulting taxonomist: Amber Reichert, Masters candidate, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Ebert, D. (2003). Sharks, rays, and chimeras of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 284 pp.

Citation: Apristurus kampae (Taylor, 1972) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Apristurus%20kampae. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-09-28.
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