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 Brown shyshark (Haploblepharus fuscus)

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 Photo

Brown shyshark
No image of Brown shyshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


 Name

Scientific: Haploblepharus fuscus
German: Brauner Katzenhai
English: Brown shyshark
French: Rousette brune
Spanish: Alitan marron


 Appearance

Typical "cat shark" appearance. Two equal-sized dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over the pelvic fin"s ends. Nostrils enlarged.

 Coloration

Uniformly brown with inconspicuously developed saddles and light ventral surface.

 Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.

 Biology

A common species that lives preferably over stony bottoms. This particular species ( as well as a few others) are sometimes called "shy sharks" because they coil themselves and cover their eyes with their tails when caught.

 Feeding

Invertebrates (lobsters) and small fishes.

 Size

Average size between 50 cm and 60 cm, maximum total length up to 73 cm.

 Reproduction

Oviparous (egg laying). Males reach sexual maturity at about 65 cm, females between 60 cm and 70 cm.

 Similar Species

Some species with a similar appearance do exist and taxonomic features have to be used to cleary distinguish.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

Main criterion: > LR/nt (Low Risk/Near Threatened (1994))
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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