Asymbolus galacticus

Séret & Last, 2008

Dwarf catshark (eng)
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
Séret, B. & Last, P.R. (2008)
Asymbolus galacticus sp. nov., a new species of spotted catshark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from New Caledonia. Cybium, 32(2), 137–143

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Citation: Asymbolus galacticus Séret & Last, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
fra \(T\) Chien étoilé, eng Starry catshark

Short Description
Small and slender species of catshark with the following set of characters: distinct variegated colour pattern with numerous milky white blotches surrounded by rusty-brown spots and blotches; dorsal saddles on back are faint and dusky, dorsal ground light brown, paler on sides; claspers in adults are long and slender, distally pointed; teeth with 3 or 5 cusps; the median cusps much larger than those adjacent [3368].

Western Pacific: New Caledonia. Source:

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Size / Weight / Age
47.7 cm TL (male/unsexed; [3368]); 46.6 cm TL (female)

benthopelagic; marine; depth range 235 - 550 m [3368]

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