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 Blackspotted catshark (Aulohalaelurus labiosus)

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Blackspotted catshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Aulohalaelurus labiosus
German: Schwarzgepunkteter Katzenhai
English: Blackspotted catshark
French: Chien a taches noires
Spanish: Pejegato estrellado


A typical "cat shark" with a slender body. Origin of first dorsal fin over free ends of pectoral fins. Both dorsal fins are equal-sized. Origin of second dorsal fin opposite of anal fin"s origin. Anal fin much smaller than second dorsal fin.


Light beige with dark spots over entire body, including fins. Saddles can be present, but inconspicous. Bright ventral surface.


Western Pacific: Western Australia.


Little-known but abundant species. Lives preferably in very shallow water (down to 5 m). Seems to be nocturnal.




Average size between 40 cm and 50 cm, maximum total length about 65 cm.


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

 Similar Species

Some species of this family have a similar appearance but the dark dots are good features to differentiate from the others.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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