Asymbolus rubiginosus

Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999

Orange spotted catshrak
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 rubiginosus Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 06/2024

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Asymbolus rubiginosus Last, Gomon & Gledhill, 1999, egg capsule, scale: 10 mm, © Carlos Bustamante, Queensland, Australia
Common names
eng Orange spotted catshrak, eng Rusty catshark, eng Rustyspotted catshark, eng Spotted catshark

Short Description
Original diagnosis after LAST, GOMON & GLEDHILL, 1999 [3372]: A medium-sized, spotted catshark of the genus Asymbolus with the following combination of characters: pale brownish body covered with orange brown spots (with soft edges and variably spaced); usually with an indistinct brownish blotch beneath the eye and cluster of spots on the dorsal midline between each dark saddle; relatively short and slender caudal peduncle; relatively broad head and trunk; head length usually less than 5 times eye diameter; long anal-fin base; posterior margin of first dorsal fin 0.70--0.93 times its base; anal-fin base much longer than pelvic-anal space; teeth ridged, mainly with 5 cusps; 35-38 monospondylous centra.

Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia Source:

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

Size / Weight / Age
39.3 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36718)); 41.9 cm TL (female)

pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 25 - 540 m (Ref. 36718)

shark-references Species-ID=456;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Tripaphylus asymboli (Turner, Kyne & Bennett, 2003) [7385]