PALE SPOTTED CATSHARK
Small shark found off of Queensland
Family: Scyliorhinidae – Catsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Catsharks
Average Size and Length: Hatchlings have been measured at 19 cm/7.5 inches. Mature males have been measured at 32 cm/ foot. The maximum recorded is 46 cm/1.5 feet.
Teeth and Jaw: There are short labial furrows along the jaw and the upper teeth are exposed. The teeth are ridged, with 5 cusps.
Head: The head is short and slightly flattened. The snout is short and thick. There is a narrow ridge below the eye. The preoral length is relatively long.
Tail: The caudal fin is short and broad.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Pale Spotted catshark can be found in northern Australia around the Queensland area on the bottom continental shelf between 886-1,312 feet. They are considered bathypelagic.
Aesthetic Identification: The Pale Spotted catfish is small, pale yellowish with apparent dark brown spots that are even in size. These spots are absent from the ventral side and beneath the eyes. There are no distinct saddles, bands or white spots. There are usually a pair of spots in front of each dorsal fin, which are set far back behind the pelvic fins. The posterior margin of the first dorsal fin is 0.59-0.69 times its base. There is one spot at the center of each dorsal fin base. The inner pelvic fin margins are fused into an apron over the adult male claspers. The anal fin is short and angular.
Biology and Reproduction: Mostly unknown but possibly oviparous. The monospondylous centra count is between 34-36.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Pale Spotted Catshark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.