Brownspotted Catshark

About the Brownspotted Catshark

The brown-spotted catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Indo-West Pacific. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal and often sleep in groups during the day. Their diet consists of bony fishes and bottom-dwelling crustacean and cephalopods.

Very little is known about them. They’re thought to be oviparous, like other catsharks. The largest specimen ever recorded was 36 cm long.

Their name comes from the spots along its dorsal side.

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

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Scientific Name Scyliorhinus garmani
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusScyliorhinus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1
Common Length 36.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
DistributionWestern Central Pacific, Eastern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentBenthopelagic
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