Cephalurus cephalus

(Gilbert, 1892)

Lollipop catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Gilbert, C.H. (1892)
Descriptions of thirty-four new species of fishes collected in 1888 and 1889, principally among the Santa Barbara Islands and in the Gulf of California. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 14, 539–566

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Catulus cephalus, Cephalurus cf. cephalus, Scyliorhinus cephalus, Scylliorhinus cephalus

Cephalurus cephalus
Lectotype: USNM: 125094; Paralectotype: SU: 293 USNM: 206019 (ex USNM 125094);

Description :

Citation: Cephalurus cephalus (Gilbert, 1892): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Cephalurus cephalus (Gilbert, 1892), of Magdalena Bay, Mexico, © J. Raúl Morales Ávila
Common names
spa Gato renacuajo, spa Pejegato renacuajo, spa Tiburón renacuajo, fra \(T\) Holbiche têtard, eng Lollipop cat shark, eng Lollipop catshark

Eastern Central Pacific: southern Baja California, Mexico and Gulf of California. Cephalurus specimens from Panama, Peru and Chile differ from Cephalurus cephalus and may represent one or more new species. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Other sources describe ovoviviparity as an alternative reproductive mode [517] (Ref. 53776).

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

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 155 - 927 m [517]

shark-references Species-ID=1322;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Anisakis berlandi Mattiucci, Cipriani, Webb, Paoletti, Marcer, Bellisario, Gibson & Nascetti, 2014 [32170]
  • Ascarophis sp. [32170]
  • Contracaecum sp. [32170]
  • Heliconema sp. [32170]
  • Mooleptus rabuka (Machida, Ogawa & Okiyama, 1982) [32170]
  • Skrjabinisakis brevispiculata (Dollfus, 1966) [32170]