Variegated Catshark

About the Variegated Catshark

The Variegated Catshark is a small catshark that can be found off the coast of Australia in the Eastern Indian Ocean at depths between 30 to 200 m. 

Biology and Behaviour

Variegated catsharks have an ornate colour pattern with multi-coloured blotches over black spots. Their caudal fin is short, but their dorsal fins larger and more rounded.

They are nocturnal creatures that inhabit caves and ledges in temperate waters.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Variegated catsharks are oviparous and females lay their eggs in pairs. Males mature at around 38 cm long. Females and males can reach 44 cm in length.

There is very little is known of the variegated catshark’s biology.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists the variegated catshark as least concern.

They are rarely caught in the Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery. From 2000 – 2006, 83 kg of variegated catshark was caught, but the fishery has since decreased its fishing practices. There are currently no conservation methods in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Asymbolus submaculatus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusAsymbolus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Species Asymbolus submaculatus
Common Length 44.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 30 - 200 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean
EnvironmentPelagic
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