Asymbolus pallidus

Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999

Pale spotted catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

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

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Citation: Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999, © Cassie Rigby, James Cook University, Australia
Common names
eng Pale spotted catshark

Short Description
Original diagnosis after LAST, GOMON & GLEDHILL, 1999 [3372]: A small, spotted catshark of the genus Asymbolus with the following combination of characters: very pale body covered with widely spaced, sharply-defined dark brown spots; no dark spots or blotches beneath the eye; relatively long head and preoral length; slender caudal peduncle; low dorsal, anal and pelvic fins; anal-fin base equal to or shorter than pelvic-anal space; posterior margin of first dorsal fin 0.59--0.69 times its base; teeth ridged with 5 cusps; 34-36 monospondylous centra.

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)

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