Poroderma pantherinum

(Smith in Müller & Henle, 1838)

Leopard catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
Müller, J. & Henle, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Conoporoderma marleyi, Poroderma marleyi, Poroderma pantherium, Poroderma submaculatum, Poroderma variegatum, Scyliorhinus pantherinus, Scylliorhinus pantherinus, Scyllium maeandrinum, Scyllium pantherinum, Scyllium variegatum

Poroderma pantherinum
Syntype: BMNH: 1845.7.3.145 RMNH: uncat. (whereabouts unknown)
Poroderma marleyi
Holotype: ANSP: 53427;
Poroderma submaculatum
XXXX: No types known;
Scyllium maeandrinum
XXXX: No types known;
Scyllium variegatum
Holotype: BMNH: ? 1845.7.3.130

Description :

Citation: Poroderma pantherinum (Smith in Müller & Henle, 1838): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Poroderma pantherinum (Müller & Henle, 1838), © Rob Tarr, Rob Tarr Photography, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
Common names
spa Alitán de barbilla, spa Alitán leopardo, fra \(T\) Roussette barbichette, fra \(T\) Roussette panthère, eng Barbeled catshark, eng Blackspotted catshark, eng Leopard cat shark, eng Leopard catshark

Short Description
A stocky shark with long nasal barbels and a highly variable color pattern of black spots, rings and lines in horizontal rows on a grey to whitish background; white below [536]. There are 3 different forms, the typical "quot;pantherinum"quot; with lines and rosettes of spots, and two extreme forms, "quot;marleyi"quot; with large dark spots (formerly considered a separate species), and "quot;salt and pepper"quot; with small, densely packed black spots, intermediates between these extremes are extremely common [536].

Southeast Atlantic: Saldanha to central Natal, South Africa. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes

Oviparous, produces one egg per oviduct [536]. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Feeds on fish, mollusks and polychaetes [536].

Size / Weight / Age
84.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); 73 cm TL (female)

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 256 m [536]

shark-references Species-ID=4925;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Trypanosoma haploblephari Yeld & Smit, 2006 [30067]