Harlequin Catshark

About the Harlequin Catshark

Harlequin  Catsharks are small and can be found in the Arabian Sea region and the Western Indian Ocean near Somalia. There is very little known about harlequin catsharks.

Their depth ranges between 70 m to 300 m in the Arabian Sea.

Biology and Behaviour:

They have a stout body and tail with reddish-brown spots along their body.  They have a triangular shaped mouth with short labial furrows and spineless dorsal fins.

Reproduction and Lifespan:

Harlequin catsharks are oviparous.

Female harlequin catsharks mature at approximately 44 cm in length, but male size at maturity is unknown. The size at birth for young harlequin catsharks are unknown, but the smallest measured at 17 cm.  

Conservation and Tourism:

Harlequin catsharks inhabit an area where there are no deep-sea trawling fisheries that take place and there are no known threats.

Because of the depth harlequin catsharks live and the lack of deep-sea fishing near its habitat, the IUCN assesses Harlequin Catsharks as least concern.

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Scientific NameCtenacis fehlmanni
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size1
SpeciesCtenacis fehlmanni
Common Length52 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range70 - 170 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentDemersal, Marine