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 Australian spotted catshark (Asymbolus analis)

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Australian spotted catshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Asymbolus analis
German: Australischer Flecken-Katzenhai
English: Australian spotted catshark, Grey Spotted catshark, Spotted dogfish
French: Chien tachete
Spanish: Pejegato de lunares


"Cat shark"-like appearance. Both dorsal fins are equal-sized. Origin of first dorsal fin behind the rear ends of the pectoral fins. Anal fin slightly larger than second dorsal fin. Long peduncle.


Light brown with whitish ventral surface (belly). Saddles weakly developed. Dark spots over entire body.


Western Pacific: Eastern Australia.


Although abundant, a little-known species. Prefers shallow waters, down to 80 m. Lives preferably close to or at the bottom




Maximum total length at least 60 cm.


Oviparous (egg laying). Males reach sexual maturity at about 55 cm, females at about 57 cm.

 Similar Species

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


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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