Brachaelurus waddi

(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Blind shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Brachaeluridae

Reference of the original description
Bloch, M.E. & Schneider, J.G. (1801)
M.E. Blochii Systema Ichthyologiae iconibus ex illustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit. J.G. Schneider, Saxo: 584 p., 110 pl.

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Brachaelurus aff. waddi, Brachaelurus modestus, Cheiloscyllium furvum, Chiloscyllium furvum, Chiloscyllium modestum, Hemiscyllium modestum, Squalus waddi

Brachaelurus waddi

Chiloscyllium furvum
Holotype: AMS: I.16254-001 (ex MAMU F7); Syntype: AMS: I.9633;
Chiloscyllium modestum
Holotype: BMNH: 1871.10.20.1

Description :

Citation: Brachaelurus waddi (Bloch & Schneider, 1801): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2021

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Brachaelurus waddi (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801), ERB 1103, female, 49,4 cm TL, Brisbane, Australia © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
spa Tiburón ciego de roca, fra \(T\) Requin aveugle des roches, eng Blind shark, eng Brown catshark, eng Dusky dogfish

Short Description
Mostly with white spots on body [544]. Caudal fin with its upper lobe at a low angle above body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe [544].

Southwest Pacific: confined to Australia, southern Queensland and New South Wales. Records from Western Australia and northern Territory need confirmation. Source:

Human uses
gamefish: yes

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. With 7 or 8 young in a litter [518]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Usually found close inshore in tide pools (barely deep enough to keep it covered) and at the surf line, but sometimes deeper [518]. Prefers rocky shoreline areas and coral reefs [518]. Feeds on small reef invertebrates and small fishes [518].

Size / Weight / Age
122 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 140 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=605;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)