Scyliorhinus haeckelii

(Miranda Ribeiro, 1907)

Freckled catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
de Miranda Ribeiro, A. (1907)
Fauna Braziliense. Peixes. II. Desmobranchios. Archivos do Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, 14, 131–217

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Scyliorhinus haeckelii (Miranda Ribeiro, 1907)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Catulus haeckelii, Scyliorhinus besnardi, Scyliorhinus cf. besnardi, Scyliorhinus haeckeli, Scyliorhinus haeckelli, Scyliorhinus retifer besnardi , Scyliorhinus retifer haeckelii

Scyliorhinus haeckelii
Holotype: MNRJ: 494;
Scyliorhinus besnardi
Holotype: USNM: 204376; Paratype: IO: 81BS (dissected) IO: 82BS USNM: 204377;
Scyliorhinus retifer besnardi
Holotype: USNM: 204376; Paratype: IO: 81BS (dissected) IO: 82BS USNM: 204377;

Description :

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Common names
spa Alitán pecoso, spa Lija, spa Tiburón, fra \(T\) Roussette taches de son, eng Freckled cat shark, eng Freckled catshark, por Cação-gata, por Cação-pinto, por Gata, por Pintadinho, por Pinto

Short Description
Diagnosis after Compagno, 1984 [517]: Field Marks : A small, slender, dark-saddled catshark with very small black spots outlining saddles and generally covering dorsal surface, small anterior nasal flaps that do not reach mouth, no nasoral grooves, labial furrows on lower jaw only, second dorsal fin much smaller than first. Diagnostic Features : Head and body relatively deep, slender and narrow; greatest width of head about 2/3 of head length; no nasoral grooves; anterior nasal flaps not expanded and falling just short of mouth. First dorsal origin somewhat behind pelvic insertions; second dorsal origin somewhat anterior to anal insertion; interdorsal space slightly greater than anal base. Denticles small and flat, surface of skin relatively smooth. Colour pattern of 7 or 8 dusky and sometimes obscure saddles, outlined by very small black spots which are also generally scattered over the dorsal surface; no light spots. Size small, adults below 40 cm.

Western Atlantic: western Venezuela, Suriname, Brazil, and Uruguay.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [19579])

demersal; marine; depth range 37 - 402 m

shark-references Species-ID=6323;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)