Genus Apristurus

One of the largest and yet poorest known group of sharks. The genus is found in deep waters worldwide, and eight species are found in Australian waters.
Author: William T. White

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William T. White, Apristurus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Jun 2023,


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