Asymbolus pallidus


Pale spotted catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchinae

Reference of the original description
LAST, P.R. & GOMON, M.F. & GLEDHILL, D.C. (1999)
Australian spotted catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorphinidae). Part 2: descriptions of three new, dark-spotted species. CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Report, 239: 19–35

Image of the original description
Image in copyright.

Description :

Citation: Asymbolus pallidus LAST, GOMON & GLEDHILL, 1999: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 05/2017

Please send your images of "Asymbolus pallidus" to

Asymbolus pallidus LAST, GOMON & GLEDHILL, 1999, © Cassie Rigby, James Cook University, Australia
Common names
eng Pale spotted catshark

Short Description
Body small, spotted, very pale covered with widely-spaced, sharply-defined dark brown spots; dark spots or blotches beneath the eye absent; head and preoral length relatively long. Caudal peduncle slender, dorsal, anal and pelvic fins low; anal-fin base equal to or shorter than pelvic-anal space. Teeth ridged, 5 cusps. Monospondylous centra 34-36. Posterior margin of first dorsal fin 0.59-0.69 times its base (Ref. 36718).

Western Pacific: Queensland, Australia. Source:

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Occurs on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
43.9 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36718)); 46.7 cm TL (female)

bathypelagic; marine; depth range 225 - 402 m (Ref. 36718)