Bythaelurus lutarius


Mud catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Pentanchidae

Reference of the original description
SPRINGER, S. & D'AUBREY, J.D. (1972)
Two new Scyliorhinid sharks from the east coast of Africa, with notes on related species. Investigational Report Oceanographic Research Institute, 29: 1–19

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Halaelurus lutarius

Bythaelurus lutarius
Holotype: USNM: 205135; Paratype: USNM: 221660;

Description :

Citation: Bythaelurus lutarius (SPRINGER & D'AUBREY, 1972): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Bythaelurus lutarius (SPRINGER & D'AUBREY, 1972), © FAO,
Common names
spa Pejegato fanguero, fra \(T\) Holbiche des vases, eng Brown catshark, eng Mud cat shark, eng Mud catshark, por Pata-roxa de lodo

Short Description
A slender, dwarf catshark with a moderately long snout and short labial furrows; caudal fin without crest of enlarged denticles [536]. Dull grey-brown, paler ventrally, with few poorly defined dorsal saddles that may be visible (Ref. 5510).

Western Indian Ocean: off Mozambique [536] and Somalia.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Ovoviviparous, with 2 pups per litter (Ref. 5510). Found on the continental slope on or just above muddy substrates. Feeds on cephalopods, small bony fishes, and crustaceans

Size / Weight / Age
34.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); 39 cm TL (female)

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 338 - 766 m (Ref. 5510)

shark-references Species-ID=657;