Scyliorhinus capensis  (Müller & Henle, 1838)

Yellowspotted catshark
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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: Scyliorhinus: Greek, skylla = a kind of shark + Greek, rhinos = nose (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 26 - 495 m (Ref. 5578).   Subtropical; 0°S - 37°S, 0°W - 29°E (Ref. 57015)

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 68 - 70 cm
Max length : 122 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 0. Bright yellow or golden spots on a dark grey body with irregular blotches and saddles (Ref. 5578), cream below (Ref. 5510); 2nd dorsal much smaller than 1st (Ref. 5578). Small anterior nasal flaps that do not reach mouth, no nasoral grooves (Ref. 244).

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Southeast Atlantic: Lüderitz, Namibia to central Natal, South Africa.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A common inshore to offshore catshark. Prefers to feed on small bony fishes and crustaceans, also cephalopods (Ref. 244). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, with a single egg per oviduct at a time (Ref. 244). Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449). Size upon hatching below 31 cm (size of young with umbilical scars) (Ref. 244).

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

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)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; gamefish: yes
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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):  4.0   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec = 1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (60 of 100) .