Banded Sand Catshark

About the Banded Sand Catshark

The Banded Sand Catshark is a shallow water shark that can be found in the eastern Indian Ocean at depths between 27 to 122 m over mud, sand or shelly-sand bottom.   

Biology and Behaviour

They have black spots, a few, small and scattered markings and greyish saddles on a light background. 

The biology of the banded sand shark is poorly known.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Banded sand catsharks are oviparous and eggs are laid in pairs. Males mature at about 33 cm long and females mature at a longer length of about 35 cm.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists banded sand catshark as least concern. There is no conservation methods in place for this species. However, all sharks and rays are commercially protected under the Western Australian law. There are some areas of Western Australia’s North Coast Bioregion that are closed to all trawling.

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Scientific Name Atelomycterus fasciatus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 45.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 27 - 122 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean