Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Pentanchidae
Etymology: Figaro: Presumably named for the eponymous barber in various dramas (e.g., The Marriage of Figaro), allusion not explained nor evident. (See ETYFish); boardmani: In honor of friend and colleague William Boardman (1906-1963), Assistant Ornithologist, Australian Museum (Sydney), who collected holotype from a trawler. (See ETYFish).
More on author: Whitley.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 128 - 823 m (Ref. 244). Temperate; 24°S - 44°S
Indo-West Pacific: southern Australia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 43 - ? cm
Max length : 61.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244)
A little-known but common Australian catshark found on the outer continental shelf and upper slope, presumably on or near the bottom (Ref. 11146, 75154). Feeds mainly on fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods (Ref. 6871). Appears to aggregate by sex (Ref. 6871).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/2):251-655. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 244)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 10.3 - 16.9, mean 12 °C (based on 54 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00355 (0.00173 - 0.00727), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.56 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 25.3 [4.0, 91.8] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.244 [0.062, 0.659] mg/100g ; Protein = 17.5 [14.7, 20.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.386 [0.167, 0.884] g/100g ; Selenium = 14.5 [3.1, 43.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 12.9 [4.7, 32.6] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.452 [0.213, 0.983] mg/100g (wet weight);