Blotched Catshark

About the Blotched Catshark

The only Blotched Catshark ever found was caught off the coast of Western Australia in the Eastern Indian Ocean. They are small, brown catsharks with large dark brown blotches and saddles. They have a short, slightly flattened, pointed-rounded head and a short thick snout.

There is currently little known about blotched catsharks.  

Biology and Behaviour

The single blotched catshark found was a 44 cm female specimen. They inhabit waters at a depth of 145 m.  

Reproduction and Lifespan

Blotched catsharks are oviparous. 

Conservation and Tourism

Since blotched catsharks are small, they are not easily caught by fisheries. The IUCN lists blotched catsharks as data deficient because of the limited information on this species.  

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Scientific NameAsymbolus funebris
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size1
SpeciesAsymbolus funebris
Common Length44.2
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range145 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentMarine, Pelagic