Galeus priapus

Séret & Last, 2008

Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Séret, B. & Last, P.R. (2008)
Galeus priapus sp. nov., a new species of sawtail catsharks (Charcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from New Caledonia. Zootaxa, 1813, 19–28

Image of the original description
Image in copyright.

Description :

Citation: Galeus priapus Séret & Last, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

No image available.
Please send your images of "Galeus priapus" to
Short Description
A small, slender Galeus with the following combination of characters: claspers extremely long and slender in adult males, distal tips extending to near anal origin or beyond, their outer length 9.2–11.2% TL, 7.2–8.7 times base width; clasper without hooks or spiny denticles; exorhipidion greatly elongated, about 4 times spiracle length when fully developed; anterior inner margin of pelvic fin not fused to clasper; anal fin relatively small, length 9.8–12.0% TL; posterior anal-fin margin 4.7–5.9% TL, 1.4–1.8 in anterior margin of second dorsal fin; prepectoral length relatively short, about 17.8–19.4 %TL; labial furrows moderately long, not confined to mouth corners; enlarged denticle crest of upper caudal fin originating almost over origin of ventral caudal lobe, no abrupt demarcation between denticles of crest and those of caudal peduncle; denticles forming 2–5 central rows of denticles between larger oblique lateral rows near crest origin; no subcaudal crest; anterior margin of pectoral fin black; anterior half of dorsal fins almost entirely dark or dusky; precaudal centra 81–86 [3931].

Pacific Western Central: New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Known from the marginal slopes off southern New Caledonia, south of the Loyalty Islands Ridge and north of the Norfolk Ridge in 620–830 m depth and off Espiritu Santo Island (Vanuatu) in 262–352m depth [3931]. Source:

Subtropical; 13°S - 24°S, 163°E - 171°E [3931]

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 44.6 cm TL male/unsexed; [3931]; 38.8 cm (female)

Benthopelagic; marine; depth range 620 - 830 m [3931]

shark-references Species-ID=2448;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Ditrachybothridium piliformis Faliex, Tyler & Euzet, 2000 [7555] [19536]