Atelomycterus macleayi Whitley, 1939
Marbled catshark
Atelomycterus macleayi
photo by FAO

Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks), subfamily: Atelomycterinae
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 4 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Color pattern of grey saddles separated by light areas and outlined by numerous small black spots (hatchlings have a simpler pattern of dark saddles, remarkably similar to Acanthophthalmus semicinctus) (Ref. 11146).
Biology:  A little-known inshore catshark found on sandy and rocky bottom (Ref. 11146). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Hatching length around 10 cm (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 May 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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