Holohalaelurus favus

Human, 2006

Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Human, B.A. (2006)
A taxonomic revision of the catshark genus Holohalaelurus Fowler 1934 (Chondrichthyes: Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae), with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa, 1315, 1–56

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Holohalaelurus regani favus

Holohalaelurus favus
Holotype: SAIAB: 6139 (old: ORI 1482); Paratype: SAIAB: 6138 (old: ORI 1002);

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Citation: Holohalaelurus favus Human, 2006: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Short Description
This relatively large species is distinguished by the following characters: denticles on dorsal midline greatly enlarged from snout to second dorsal origin; denticles on pectoral fin dorsal surface greatly enlarged in adults; no club-shaped papillae on the distal tip of the clasper; buccal papillae in mouth large and prominent on upper and lower surfaces; moderate vertebral count, 124 total vertebrae in the holotype (123 total in paratype, mean 117.8); relatively high tooth counts, 65 total upper teeth in the holotype (66 in the paratype, mean 66.3), 70 total lower teeth in the holotype (58 in paratype, mean 60.3); covered in irregularly shaped spots and reticulations on a brown background, resembling a honeycomb pattern; white spots rarely present, if present, are inconspicuous (Ref. 75585).

Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.

Size / Weight / Age
51.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 75585)); max. published weight: 301 g (Ref. 75585)

pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 200 - 1000 m (Ref. 75585)

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