Indian Swellshark

About the Indian Swellshark

The Indian swellshark is a species of deepwater catshark found in the Western Indian Ocean, at depths of 250 to 300 m. Like all swellsharks, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They can also inflate their bodies with air or water to appear larger to predators.

They’re mostly nocturnal and often sleep in groups during the day. Their diet consists of bony fishes and bottom-dwelling crustacean and cephalopods.

They’re oviparous, and grow to a maximum length of 36 cm.

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

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Scientific Name Cephaloscyllium silasi
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusCephaloscyllium
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 36.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 250 - 300 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentBathydemersal
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