Bristly Catshark

About the Bristly Catshark

The Bristly Catshark is a species of catshark of the family  Scyliorhinidae, found from southeastern India and the Andaman Islands.

A common deepwater-dwelling shark found on the upper continental slope in the Northeastern Indian Ocean at depths between 200 to 403 m. Despite being a common species of shark within its limited range, its biology is unknown.  

This species reaches a maximum length of 26 cm TL for males, and 29 cm TL for females. Mode of reproduction is unknown. It feeds on small fishes, squid and crustaceans.

This species is of no interest to fisheries at present. No conservation measures are currently in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Bythaelurus hispidus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 26.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 200-403 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean, Southwest Pacific