Author: Springer, 1979
A Galeus with an unusually short and rounded snout and very short labial furrows, confined to mouth corners.
Precaudal tail not noticeably compressed at base. Snout short and rounded, preoral length about 5 to 6% of total length; prenarial snout much less than eye length; eyes dorsolateral, with low subocular ridges below them; mouth fairly large and long, broadly arched, width 6.2 to 9.1% of total length; labial furrows extremely short, essentially confined to mouth corners. Pelvic fins small, low, and angular; interspace between pelvic and anal bases much shorter than anal base; anal base short, 10 to 11% of total length, greater than interdorsal space; its origin just behind first dorsal insertion; nosubcaudal crest of enlarged denticles on preventral caudal margin. A colour pattern of obscure dark saddle blotches at first and second dorsal bases, and two bands on the tail; dorsal fins and caudal tip without black terminal marking; mouth lining light or dusky. Monospondylous precaudal centra 32 to 33. Size very small, adults less than 30 cm.
Off Luzon, the Philippines, western Pacific:
Habitat and Biology:
A little-known bottom-dwelling shark of the continental slopes at depths of 329 to 431 m. 3
One of the smallest sharks, females mature at 26.8 to: 29.7 cm, males at 25.4 cm.
Interest to Fisheries:
Holotype: U.S. National Museum USNM-122312, 297 mm adult male. Type Locality: Balayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines, western Pacific, 329 m depth.