The dwarf catshark, Scyliorhinus torrei, is found off of southern Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba.
You may also know them as the “Cuban catshark” because of this! In the Scyliorhinidae (catshark) family, they are commonly seen in 200- 600 m (656- 1969 ft) on continental slopes. They are pale brown in color, with a white belly, dark splotches on their sides and white spots dot their dorsal side. They are an oviparous shark, laying paired eggs.
Not much else is known about their biology. This animal is rarely caught in fisheries, and therefore the IUCN has assessed them as Least Concern (LC).
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