Cephaloscyllium laticeps

(Duméril, 1853)

Australian swellshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
Dumeril, A.H.A. (1853)
Monographie de la tribu des Scylliens ou Roussettes (poissons plagiostomes) comprenant deux espèces nouvelles. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, (serie 2) 5: 8–25, 73–87,119–130, pl.

Image of the original description

Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Duméril, 1853)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Catulus laticeps, Cephaloscyllium isabella laticeps, Cephaloscyllium isabella nascione, Cephaloscyllium nascione, Scyliorhinus laticeps, Scyllium laticeps

Cephaloscyllium laticeps
Holotype: MNHN: A-9378
Cephaloscyllium isabella nascione
Holotype: AMS: IA.2829;

Description :

Citation: Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Duméril, 1853): 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 laticeps: dorsal view, lateral view of adult (CSIRO H 1264–13, adult female 820 mm TL); In: Last, P.R. & MOTOMURA, H. & White, W.T. (2008): Cephaloscyllium albipinnum sp. nov, a new swellshark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from southeastern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 147-158
Common names
spa Pejegato australiano, spa Pejegato bordeado, fra \(T\) Holbiche gressouillette, fra \(T\) Holbiche isabelle, eng Australian swell shark, eng Australian swellshark, eng Draughtboard shark, eng Flopguts, eng Isabell"s swell shark, eng Nutcracker shark, eng Rock shark, eng Sleepy joe, eng Spotted swellshark, eng Swell shark, eng Whitefinned 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 mottled dark dorsal and lateral blotches and small to moderately large dark spots on light ground colour, light undersides with slight mottling on at least. fins, anterior nasal flaps short, subtriangular, and not overlapping mouth posteriorly, and second dorsal fin much smaller than first. Diagnostic Features: Snout broadly rounded in dorsoventral view, rather short and broad; anterior nasal flaps subtriangular, not overlapping mouth posteriorly. Claspers short and stout. Colour pattern of variegated dark brown or greyish blotches and saddles and numerous dark and some light spots on a lighter grey or chestnut background on body and fins, underside of head and abdomen cream, not strongly spotted; fins without conspicuous light margins.

Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia, from Western Australia to New South Wales. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

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

Size / Weight / Age
150 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 220 m

shark-references Species-ID=1307;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Pontobdella leucothela Schimarda, 1861 [28595]