Poroderma africanum

(Gmelin, 1789)

Striped catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
Gmelin, J.F. (1789)
Caroli a Linné. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species; cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decimo tertia, aucta, reformata. 3 vols. in 9 parts. Lipsiae, 1788–93. Caroli a Linné ... Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species; ... v. 1(pt 3): 1033–1516

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Scyliorhinus africanus, Scylliorhinus africanus, Scyllium africanum, Squalus africanus, Squalus striatus, Squalus vittatus

Poroderma africanum
XXXX: No types known;
Squalus striatus
XXXX: No types known;
Squalus vittatus
Holotype: BMNH: ?

Description :

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Poroderma africanum (Gmelin, 1789), © Frank Velte, Museum Wien
Common names
spa Alitán listado, fra \(T\) Roussette rubanée, eng Pyjama shark, eng Striped cat shark, eng Striped catshark

Short Description
A large catshark with short nasal barbels and long horizontal black stripes [536].

Southeast Atlantic: endemic to South Africa. There are old records from Madagascar and Mauritius, but these require confirmation [517]. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes

Oviparous, with a single egg-case per oviduct [517]. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Size at hatching between 14 and 15 cm. Feeds on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans [536].

Size / Weight / Age
101 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); 93 cm TL (female)

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 100 m (Ref. 5510)

shark-references Species-ID=4923;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Proleptus obtusus Dujardin, 1845 [16576]

  • Aega webbi (Guérin-Méneville, 1836) [23898]
  • Gnathia pantherina Smit & Basson, 2002 [16576]