Asymbolus submaculatus

Compagno, Stevens & Last, 1999

Variegated catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Compagno, L.J.V. & Stevens, J.D. & Last, P.R. (1999)
Australian spotted catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorphinidae). Part 1: descriptions of three new species from Western Australia. CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Report, 239, 1–18

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Asymbolus submaculatus
Holotype: CSIRO: CA 3336; Paratype: CSIRO: H 5241-01; CSIRO: CA 3337; CSIRO: CA 3338; CSIRO: CA 3335; WAM: P.711-001; WAM: P.29399-001; WAM: P.28483-001;

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Citation: Asymbolus submaculatus Compagno, Stevens & Last, 1999: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Common names
eng Saddled catshark, eng Variegated catshark

Short Description
Body relatively robust; color pattern ornate and with multi-colored blotches overlaid with black spots. Caudal fin short; dorsal fins larger and more rounded. Tricuspidate teeth.

Southwest Pacific: New South Wales, Australia. Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia. Source:

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
41.4 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36712)); 43.8 cm TL (female)

pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 30 - 200 m (Ref. 36712)

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