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); fasciatus: Latin for banded, referring to slender, brown saddles on a white background. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 27 - 122 m (Ref. 11146), usually ? - 60 m (Ref. 11146). Tropical; 10°S - 21°S
Indo-West Pacific: northern Australia. Western Australian specimens lack the white spots and are lighter colored.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 34.5, range 30 - 39 cm
Max length : 45.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11146)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 0. Black spots and markings relatively few, small, and scattered, color pattern dominated by greyish saddles and bands on light background (Ref. 11146). Western Australian specimens lack the white spots and are lighter in color (Ref. 11146).
A common offshore catshark found on mud, sand, or shelly-sand bottom (Ref. 11146). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
Compagno, L.J.V. and V.H. Niem, 1998. Scyliorhinidae. Catsharks. p. 1279-1292. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 11146)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.3 - 28.3, mean 26.6 °C (based on 22 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
): 3.8 ±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
): Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100).