Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae
(Cat sharks) > Atelomycterinae
Etymology: Atelomycterus: ateles (Gr.), imperfect, unfilled or exempt; mycteros (Gr.), nostril, referring to lack of posterior nasal valve. (See ETYFish); marmoratus: Latin for marbled, referring to white blotches over large black spots and bars. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated. Tropical
Indo-West Pacific: Pakistan and India to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Guinea, Thailand, Viet Nam, the Philippines, southern China; north to Japan.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 49 - ? cm
Max length : 70.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244)
A common but little-known inshore shark found on coral reefs and though to inhabit crevices and holes on reefs (Ref. 11146). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Caught occasionally by various fisheries operating over coral reefs and probably adversely affected by dynamite fishing (Ref.58048). Utilized fresh and dried-salted for food or processed for fishmeal and oil (Ref. 244).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, with single egg-cases laid per oviduct (Ref. 244). Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/2):251-655. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 244)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.3 - 29.3, mean 28.6 °C (based on 2581 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 21.1 [3.6, 76.4] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.47 [0.13, 1.29] mg/100g ; Protein = 17.6 [14.7, 20.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.0885 [, ] g/100g ; Selenium = 28.1 [7.0, 79.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 106 [41, 260] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.814 [0.369, 1.764] mg/100g (wet weight);