A rare catshark with brown spots

The Brownspotted catshark (Scyliorhinus germane) is a rare catshark belonging to the family Scyliorhinidae, found in the Indo-West Pacific. Its juvenile length is about 1.2 feet, but its adult size is mostly unknown. The reproduction of this catshark is unknown.

Family: Scyliorhinidae – Catsharks

Genus: Scyliorhinus 

Species: germane


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles


Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Scyliorhinidae

Common NameCatsharks




Average Size and Length: The length of adults is unknown. Specimens measure at 24 cm or less than a foot or greater than 36 cm/ 1.1 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: There are labial furrows on the lower jaw only.

Head: The anterior nasal flaps do not reach the mouth. There are no nasoral grooves.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Brownspotted catshark can be found in the Indo-west Pacific Ocean. The specimens were collected in the East Indies and possibly the Philippines from Negros Island (11° N and 12° S). The rest of their habitat and environment is virtually unknown. It can be assumed tropical benthopelagic.

Aesthetic Identification: The Brownspotted catshark is stalky with large scattered round brown spots and seven indistinct saddle markings. There are no white spots. The second dorsal fin is much smaller than the first. The anal base is shorter than the interdorsal space.

Biology and Reproduction: Unknown.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.

Brownspotted Catshark Future and Conservation: There is not enough data to evaluate.

Brownspotted Catshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.