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 Australian spotted catshark (Asymbolus analis)

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 Photo

Australian spotted catshark
© Rudi Kuiter / Sea Pics
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


 Name

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


 Appearance

"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.

 Coloration

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

 Distribution

Western Pacific: Eastern Australia.

 Biology

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

 Feeding

Invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum total length at least 60 cm.

 Reproduction

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.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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