Starry Catshark

About the Starry Catshark

The Starry Catshark is a recently described shark that is only known by 19 specimens. They can be found off the coast of New Caledonia in the Western Pacific Ocean at depths between 235 to 550 m.   

Biology and Behaviour

Starry catsharks are small and slender reaching a maximum length of 47.7 cm. They have a variety of colour patterns with numerous milky white blotches surrounded by rusty brown spots and blotches. Their dorsal saddles are faint and dusky while their dorsal ground is light brown and paler on their sides.

They inhabit tropical waters living on or close to the sea floor on the slopes of seamounts.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Starry catsharks are oviparous.

There is very little known about the biology of starry catsharks.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists starry catsharks as least concern. There are no conservation measures in place for this species, however, commercial fishing is not permitted on the seamounts of New Caledonia where they occur. Starry catsharks have only been caught by research vessels.

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Scientific Name Asymbolus galacticus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size Unknown
Species Asymbolus galacticus
Common Length 47.7 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 235 - 550 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific