Scyliorhinus retifer

(GARMAN, 1881)

Chain catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
GARMAN, S. (1881)
Reports on the results of dredging, under the Supervisionof 'Alexander Agassiz, along the Atlantic coast of the United States during the summer of 1880, by the U. S. Coast Survey Steamer "Blake," Commander J. R. Bartlett, U. S. N., commanding. XII. Reports on the Selachians. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 8 (11): 231–237

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Catulus retifer, Scyliorhinus retifer retifer , Scylliorhinus retifer, Scyllium retiferum

Scyliorhinus retifer
Holotype: MCZ: 825-S;

Description :

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Common names
spa Alitán mallero, fra \(T\) Roussette maille, eng Chain cat shark, eng Chain catshark, eng Chain dogfish

Short Description
Body small and slender; boldly marked body with a pattern of distinct black lines on a pale brownish background. Origin of the first dorsal fin behind free rear tip of pelvic fin [17659].

Western Atlantic: southern New England to Florida in the USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to Nicaragua. Atlantic coast from Cape Cod to Florida, and west Caribbean from Yucatan to Nicaragua [17659]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. During courtship and prior to copulation, the male bites and wraps female pectoral fin body, tail and gills (Ref. 49562, 51128).

Size / Weight / Age
48.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [17659]); 47 cm TL (female)

demersal; marine; depth range 36 - 750 m [17659]

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