Speckled Catshark

About the Speckled Catshark

The speckled catshark is a bottom-dwelling shark found in the Western Indian Ocean, around the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. It has a depth range of 40 to 250 m. The largest specimen ever recovered was 48 cm long. These sharks have pointed snouts, small mouths, and raised gill slits. They have about 8 saddle-shaped markings on their

Very little is known about their biology, but they’re suspected to be oviparous, with pups being about 7 cm at birth.

These species were thought to occur in the Western Pacific as well, but this is now in doubt as there are several similar species that are often mistaken for one another.

Unregulated fishing is rampant throughout its range and makes it a vulnerable species.

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Scientific Name Halaelurus boesemani
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusHalaelurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNVulnerable
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1-4
Common Length 48.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 40 - 250 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentDemersal
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