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 Speckled catshark (Halaelurus boesemani)

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 Photo

Speckled catshark
No image of Speckled catshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

Earth Map


 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae)
      Genus: Halaelurus (Halaelurus)


 Name

Scientific: Halaelurus boesemani
German: Gesprenkelter Katzenhai
English: Speckled catshark
French: Holbiche mouchetee
Spanish: Pejegato pintado


 Appearance

Typical "cat shark" appearance. Slender body. Pointed snout. Gill slits are slightly elevated. Two equal-sized, relatively small dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over mid pelvic fins. Spiracles are well developed.

 Coloration

Yellow-beige or brown, with dark saddles. Whitish ventral surface.

 Distribution

Indo-Western Pacific: Somalia, Gulf of Aden, Western Australia, Philippines, Vietnam.

 Biology

Little-known species. Over the continental shelves. Lives on the bottom and prefers depths between 30 m to 90 m.

 Feeding

Invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum total length about 50 cm, average size between 30 cm and 40 cm.

 Reproduction

Probably oviparous (egg laying). Males and females reach sexual maturity at 42 cm to 45 cm.

 Similar Species

Some species of this family look very similar and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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