The false catshark (Pseudotriakis microdon) is a deep-sea shark that gets its name from its cat-like eyes. Fin Fact: It’s a species in the Pseudotriakidae family, the sole members of its genus! It's a cosmopolitan shark, reported on the continental slopes in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and at depths of 500-1,400 m (1,600-4,600 ft).
Also known as the sofa shark, it is typically dark brown in colour, with darker fin margins. They sport a long first dorsal fin and a small lower caudal fin lobe, as well as a large mouth to consume its favourite prey: cutthroat eels, grenadiers, lantern sharks, squids, octopus, and Heterocarpus shrimp. These sharks are slow-moving predators, and probably opportunistic scavengers, as well. Females grow to be 3 m (10 ft) in length, with males measure 2.7 m (8.8 ft).
They are viviparous and usually give birth to two pups at a time. Fin Fact: These sharks partake in oophagy! Little is known about their population size, but due to them residing in the deep (usually away from longlines and bottom trawls) the IUCN has assessed these animals as Least Concern (LC).
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