Brachaelurus waddi


Blind shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Brachaeluridae

Reference of the original description
BLOCH, M.E. & SCHNEIDER, J.G. (1801)
M.E. Blochii Systema Ichthyologiae iconibus ex illustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit. J.G. Schneider, Saxo: 584 p., 110 pl.

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Brachaelurus aff. waddi, Brachaelurus modestus, Cheiloscyllium furvum, Chiloscyllium furvum, Chiloscyllium modestum, Hemiscyllium modestum, Squalus waddi

Brachaelurus waddi

Chiloscyllium furvum
Holotype: AMS: I.16254-001 (ex MAMU F7); Syntype: AMS: I.9633;
Chiloscyllium modestum
Holotype: BMNH: 1871.10.20.1

Description :

Citation: Brachaelurus waddi (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2019

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Brachaelurus waddi (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER, 1801), © FAO,
Common names
spa Tiburón ciego de roca, fra \(T\) Requin aveugle des roches, eng Blind shark, eng Brown catshark, eng Dusky dogfish

Short Description
Mostly with white spots on body [544]. Caudal fin with its upper lobe at a low angle above body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe [544].

Southwest Pacific: confined to Australia, southern Queensland and New South Wales. Records from Western Australia and northern Territory need confirmation. Source:

Human uses
gamefish: yes

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. With 7 or 8 young in a litter [518]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Usually found close inshore in tide pools (barely deep enough to keep it covered) and at the surf line, but sometimes deeper [518]. Prefers rocky shoreline areas and coral reefs [518]. Feeds on small reef invertebrates and small fishes [518].

Size / Weight / Age
122 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 140 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=605;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)