Bythaelurus lutarius

(Springer & D'Aubrey, 1972)


Mud catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Springer, S. & d'Aubrey, J.D. (1972)
Two new Scyliorhinid sharks from the east coast of Africa, with notes on related species. Investigational Report Oceanographic Research Institute, 29, 1–19

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Halaelurus lutarius

Types
Bythaelurus lutarius
Holotype: USNM: 205135; Paratype: USNM: 221660;


Description :


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Common names
spa Pejegato fanguero, fra \(T\) Holbiche des vases, eng Brown catshark, eng Mud cat shark, eng Mud catshark, por Pata-roxa de lodo

Short Description
A slender, dwarf catshark with a moderately long snout and short labial furrows; caudal fin without crest of enlarged denticles [536]. Dull grey-brown, paler ventrally, with few poorly defined dorsal saddles that may be visible (Ref. 5510).

Distribution
Western Indian Ocean: off Mozambique [536] and Somalia.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Biology
Ovoviviparous, with 2 pups per litter (Ref. 5510). Found on the continental slope on or just above muddy substrates. Feeds on cephalopods, small bony fishes, and crustaceans

Size / Weight / Age
34.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); 39 cm TL (female)

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 338 - 766 m (Ref. 5510)

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=657;