This shark has a relatively slender body, trunk tapering towards the head. Snout moderately long, bell shaped and broad, preoral snout about 7 to 8% of total length. Large gill slits, rather small eyes in adults, nostrils fairly broad and a long broad, arched mouth are the characteristics this shark presents.
Interest to fishermen
Commonly taken by trawl off the type locality, and possibly utilized for oil, human consumption and fishmeal or fish cakes locally.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Apristurus japonicus" in FishBase. July 2006 version.
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