Quagga Catshark

About the Quagga Catshark

The Quagga Catshark is a poorly-known shark. It is known to have a very discrete distribution around southwestern India and around Yemen. It is also known to have a fragmented distribution around Gulf of Aden but these regions have to be confirmed.

Their known depth range is 54 to 300 m and they appear mostly in the deep sea ranges. The biology of this species is unknown, but the size at birth is approximately 8 cm in total length. The males mature at 28-35 cm and reach a maximum size of about 37 cm. And an adult female is measured 36.8 cm having eight egg cases, four in each uterus.

There has been no dedicated surveys or population estimates for this species. A detailed study is needed to determine the population size and trends. To date there have been no dedicated surveys or population estimates for this species. Further research is needed to determine population size and trends in abundance. The population is suspected to have declined off southwestern India due to the development of deep-sea fishing there, but no specific data are available.


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Scientific Name Halaelurus quagga
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 31.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 54- 187 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean