Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae
Etymology: Cephaloscyllium: Greek, kephale = head + skylion = dogfish (Ref. 80388); fasciatum: Name after the Latin 'fasciata' meaning banded, referring to the variegated color
pattern of open saddles and circles with connecting dark lines.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 205 - 450 m (Ref. 6871). Deep-water; 21°N - 28°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 36 - ? cm
Max length : 42.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244)
Western Pacific: Hainan Island (China) to northwestern Australia.
Found in fairly deep water on or near the bottom on the outer continental shelf and uppermost slope (Ref. 244, 75154). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018. Can expand itself with air or water (Ref. 244). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Size at sexual maturity according to literature and specimens studied, for males 36.0 cm and for females less than 42.1 cm with maximum size at least 421 cm TL (Ref. 80388).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449). Young hatch at about 12 cm (Ref. 6871).
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .