Tiger Catshark

About the Tiger Catshark

Tiger catsharks are found in the southern African continental shelf off South Africa and Mozambique.

These sharks occur on or near the bottom from close inshore to 172 m. The individuals found offshore were mostly adults. Offshore records from the Eastern and Western Cape are from 30 to 90 m of depth.

As it is Data Deficient, very little is known of its biology. It is oviparous and lays 6 to 11 per litter. The feed primarily on small bony fishes and crustaceans.

Tiger catsharks are not the targeted species, but there isn’t enough information to determine their population health.¬†They are caught by bottom trawlers as bycatch and caught be sports anglers with rod and reel and they could become threatened if overfished.

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Scientific Name Halaelurus natalensis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusHalaelurus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size4-11
Common Length 45.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 0-172 m
DistributionSouthwest Atlantic
EnvironmentDemersal
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