Galeus polli

Cadenat, 1959

African sawtail catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Cadenat, J. (1959)
Notes d'ichtyologie ouest-africaine. XX. Galeus polli espèce nouvelle ovovivipare de Scylliorhinidae. Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'Afrique Noire(A), 21(1), 395–409

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Pristiurus polli

Galeus polli
Syntype: MNHN: 1959-0044 MNHN: 1959-0045

Description :

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Galeus polli Cadenat, 1959, © FAO,
Common names
spa Golayo, spa Pintarroja africana, fra \(T\) Chien espagnol, fra \(T\) Chien râpe, eng African sawtail cat shark, eng African sawtail catshark

Short Description
A long-nosed, dwarf catshark with a narrow head, large eyes, and small labial furrows; upper caudal fin margin with prominent crest of enlarged sawtooth-like denticles [536]. Pale brown, paler ventrally; juveniles have dark saddles that become less prominent in adults (Ref. 5510).

Eastern Atlantic: southern Morocco to Namibia. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: low; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Eggs are sometimes fertilized internally by accident via close apposition of gonopores in otherwise oviparous fishes and may be retained within the female"quot;s body and complete some of the early stages of embryonic development. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Bears up to 12 young [536], size at birth 11-12 cm (Ref. 5510). Found on the outermost shelf and upper slope. Feeds mainly on small bony fish, including lanternfish, hakes, grenadiers, rockfish and lightfish, also squid and crustaceans.

Size / Weight / Age
45.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 720 m [517], usually 300 - 500 m (Ref. 9996)

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