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Cephaloscyllium cooki  Last, Séret & White, 2008

Cook’s swellshark
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Etymology: Cephaloscyllium: Greek, kephale = head + skylion = dogfish (Ref. 80388);  cooki: Named for Sid Cook..   More on author: Last.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 223 - 300 m (Ref. 76946).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76946)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This small species has the following set of characters: relatively robust body, head height 10.5-14.2% TL, trunk width 17.1-21.7% TL; origin of first dorsal-fin over the centre or posterior half of pelvic-fin base; prenarial 4.9-5.5% TL in length; preorbital snout length 1.3-1.6 times the prenarial length, 2.5-3.1 in prepectoral length, 5.5-6.6 in prepelvic length; snout-vent length is short, 45.4-49.3% TL; wide nostrils, the width 3.0-3.4% TL; eye-spiracle space wide, 1.0-1.2% TL; small pectoral fin, height 9.4-10.2% TL, posterior margin 8.9-9.8% TL; anal fin low 2.8-3.4% TL; caudal peduncle long, anal-caudal space 6.3-6.9% TL; teeth mainly with 3 cusps near symphysis of upper jaw; mainly weakly tricuspidate are the flank denticles; back without greatly enlarged denticles; very long adult clasper, its outer length to at least 10% TL, almost reaching anal fin, interspace 0.9-1.0% TL; vertebral centra 101-106; tooth count low, 48-62 teeth in each jaw; 8 dark, white-edged saddles on the upper half of body, tail and caudal fin; under-surface mainly uniform greyish, with the snout darkest (Ref. 76946).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Pacific: Australia and Indonesia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Compagno, Leonard J.V. | Collaborators

Last, P.R., B. Séret and W.T. White, 2008. New swellsharks (Cephaloscyllium: Scyliorhinidae) from the Indo-Australian region. In Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds.): Descriptions of New Australian Chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper no. 22. (Ref. 76946)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00316 (0.00152 - 0.00660), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .