Author: Fourmanoir and Rivaton, 1979
A houndshark with a long snout and short gill area, first dorsal small and with its origin far anterior, over the pectoral bases, and lateral eyes, with the subocular ridges obsolete.
Snout rather long and narrow, preoral length about 1.1 times the mouth width; gill region not greatly expanded, distance from spiracle to 5th gill slit less than prespiracular head; width of longest gill slits much less than eye length; labial furrows rather long, uppers reaching level of lower symphysis. Ventral caudal lobe moderately expanded in adults. Dorsal fins with conspicuous black margins.
Only known for certain from the type locality, Vate, New Hebrides, but specimens from northwestern Australia may be conspecific. A similar species, if not identical, occurs in the Philippines.
Habitat and Biology:
A little-known, deepwater tropical shark of the New Hebrides uppermost insular slope, found at 250 to 320 m depth. Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta; number of young 4 or 5 per litter (2 or 3 per uterus). Eats cephalopods.
Maximum 75 cm; adult females 62 to 65 cm; size at birth near 23 cm (size of full-term fetuses).
Interest to Fisheries:
None at present.
Inadequately described but undoubtedly distinct.
Holotype: Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, MNHN 1978-694, 620 mm female, possibly adult. Type Locality: Vate, New Hebrides, from 250 to 320 m depth.