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 Pyjama shark (Poroderma africanum)

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Pyjama shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Poroderma africanum
German: Pyjamahai
English: Pyjama shark
French: Rousette rubanee
Spanish: Alitan listado


General appearance of a cat shark. First dorsal fin opposite the midbase of the pelvic fins. Second dorsal fin is much smaller than first one and ends at the beginning of the caudal fin.


Greyish with dark stripes.


Eastern Atlantic: South Africa. Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.


Common. Lives preferably in shore areas, close to bottom, down depths of 100 m. Prefers small caves and crevices. Nocturnal.


Feeds preferably on crustaceans, but on small fishes too.


Average size between 60 cm and 80 cm, maximum total length up to about 100 cm.


Oviparous (egg laying). Hatch size about 15 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at about 60 cm, females at 65 cm.

 Similar Species

Unmistakable pattern.


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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