Cephaloscyllium sarawakensis

Yano, Ahmed, Gambang, Hamad Idris, Solahuddin & Aznan, 2005

Sarawak pygmy swell shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
Yano, K. & Ahmed, A. & Gambang, A. & Hamid Idris, A. & Razel Azan, A. & Aznan, Z. (2005)
Sharks and rays of Malaysia and Brunei, Darusalam. Marine Fishery Resources Development and Managment Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, 2005

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Cephaloscyllium circulopullum, Cephaloscyllium parvum

Cephaloscyllium sarawakensis
Holotype: MSR: 201 (IK-0002723); Paratype: MSR: 204; MSR: 202; MSR: 205 (IK-0002724); MSR: 212; NSMT: P 67617;
Cephaloscyllium circulopullum
Holotype: IK: 2725; Paratype: IK: 2726;
Cephaloscyllium parvum
Holotype: HUMZ: 109126; Paratype: HUMZ: 170770; HUMZ: 109127; HUMZ: 109125; HUMZ: 109124;

Description :

Citation: Cephaloscyllium sarawakensis Yano, Ahmed, Gambang, Hamad Idris, Solahuddin & Aznan, 2005: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
eng Sarawak pygmy swell shark

Short Description
This small-sized shark is distinguished by the following characters: body comparatively slender with a short head; snout moderately flattened, short and broadly rounded; no labial furrows; small teeth in both jaws; an inflatable stomach for water or air; dorsal caudal fin without ridge of enlarged denticles; first dorsal fin origin about opposite origin of pelvic fin or anterior to it; distance between snout tip and first dorsal fin origin 44-48% of TL; from snout tip to pectoral fin origin < 20% of TL; mouth width 42-50% of HL; first dorsal fin larger than the second one; pectoral fins relatively large and broad. Field characters include, anterior nasal flaps not overlapping mouth posteriorly; adult color pattern of a few broad dark saddles on back and with vertical elongate dark blotch on center of body side between pectoral and pelvic fins, no white spots (Ref. 75538).

Western Pacific: Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Size / Weight / Age
32.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 75538)); 40 cm TL (female)

benthopelagic; marine; depth range 118 - 165 m (Ref. 75538)

shark-references Species-ID=1311; Taxonomic remarks: Cephaloscyllium circulopullum is considered as a junior synonym of Cephaloscyllium sarawakensis [20016];