As if 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, what if we told you that a shark with no skin-related structured (so no epidermis, stratum laxum, dermal denticles, or teeth) was discovered?
Seems like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Except, it’s not.
Galeus melastomus, also known as the blackmouth catshark, is a small elasmobranch distributed in the eastern Atlantic from Norway to Senegal on the outer continental shelves and upper slopes. Here, they mainly feed on invertebrates, cephalopods, small pelagic bony fish, and other small elasmobranchs. This shark is caught in fisheries within their range and have very low or no commercial value. Back in July 2019, one individual stood out and became a scientific megastar. The specimen was caught by trawl in central‐western Mediterranean waters in