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 Brown shyshark (Haploblepharus fuscus)

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Brown shyshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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


Uniformly brown with inconspicuously developed saddles and light ventral surface.


Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.


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.


Invertebrates (lobsters) and small fishes.


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


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.


Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

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

 Danger to Humans


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