Blackspotted Catshark

About the Blackspotted Catshark

The black-spotted catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Western Pacific, from Japan to Taiwan, at depths of 80 to 100 m. Like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal. They often sleep in groups during the day, and do their hunting at night. They’re beige or grey and have distinctive black spots along their body.

They’re oviparous. Their average litter size is 9. They can grow up to 49 cm, but males are usually no longer than 36 cm.

There is not enough confirmation to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Halaelurus buergeri
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusHalaelurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 49.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 80 - 100 m.
DistributionNorthwest Pacific, Western Central Atlantic
EnvironmentDemersal
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