Cephaloscyllium fasciatum

Chan, 1966

Reticulated swellshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
Chan, W.L. (1966)
New sharks from the South China Sea. Journal of Zoology, 146(2), 218–237

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Cephaloscyllium maculatum, Cephaloscyllium pardelotum

Cephaloscyllium fasciatum
Holotype: BMNH: 1965.8.11.1; Paratype: BMNH: 1965.8.11.5; BMNH: 1965.8.11.3; BMNH: 1965.8.11.4; BMNH: 1965.8.11.2;
Cephaloscyllium maculatum
Holotype: CAS: 224877;
Cephaloscyllium pardelotum
Holotype: CAS: 224876;

Description :

Citation: Cephaloscyllium fasciatum Chan, 1966: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Cephaloscyllium fasciatum female holotype BMNH 1965.8.11.1 (421 mm TL): dorsal view; lateral view. Photograph by P.R. Last. In: White, W.T. & Ebert, D.A. (2008): Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum sp. nov, a new swellshark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from northwestern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 171-178
Common names
spa Pejegato mallero, fra \(T\) Holbiche bouffie, eng Reticulate swell shark, eng Reticulated swell shark, eng Reticulated swellshark

Short Description
Original diagnose after Compagno, 1984 [517]: Field Marks: A catshark with a stout body, no labial furrows, and with a striking colour pattern of narrow dark lines arranged as open-centred saddles, loops, reticulations and spots, as well as moderately large dark spots (absent in young) on light ground colour, anterior nasal flaps elongate, lobate, and not overlapping mouth posteriorly, and second dorsal fin much smaller than first. Diagnostic Features: Snout rounded-angular in dorsoventral view, very short; anterior nasal flaps narrowly lobate, not overlapping mouth posteriorly. Colour pattern of dark brown lines formed into open-centred saddles, spots, and reticulations on a light greyish brown background, also some small dark brown spots on sides and back; underside of head and abdomen spotted; fins without conspicuous light margins. A small species, adult at less than 50 cm.

Western Pacific: Hainan Island (China) to northwestern Australia. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: low; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Young hatch at about 12 cm [1388].

Size / Weight / Age
42.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517])

reef-associated; marine; depth range 205 - 450 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=1303; Taxonomic remarks: Cephaloscyllium pardelotum and C. maculatum are considered junior synonyms of C. fasciatum [20016];