A family consisting of only one species, the false catshark, Pseudotriakis microdon. This easily distinguished shark has a large but very low first dorsal fin that ends above the origin of the pelvic fins. Its elongated cat-like eyes are have nicitating eyelids and large spiracles. The body is very soft. This species shows a wide distribution, mostly in the Northern hemisphere, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans over the continental shelves and slopes down to 1500m. False catsharks are bottom-dwelling species. The biology of this species is not well studied but its soft body suggests a relatively inactive, sluggish lifestyle. The feeding habits are not well known but it seems that this species feeds on fishes. False catsharks can reach sizes up to 3m with an ovoviviparous (aplacental viviparous) style of reproduction.
Typical species of the family of "False catsharks":
No image of False catshark found in the Shark Database