Cephaloscyllium sufflans

(REGAN, 1921)

Balloon shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
REGAN, C.T. (1921)
New fishes from deep water off the coast of Natal. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (Series 9), 7 (41): 412–420

Image of the original description
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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Scyliorhinus (Cephaloscyllium) sufflans, Scylliorhinus sufflans

Cephaloscyllium sufflans
Holotype: BMNH: 1921.3.1.2

Description :

Citation: Cephaloscyllium sufflans (REGAN, 1921): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Common names
spa Pejegato balón, fra \(T\) Holbiche soufflue, eng Balloon shark, eng Swell shark, por Pata-roxa ensuflada

Short Description
Original diagnose after Compagno, 1984 [517]: Snout broadly rounded-angular in dorsoventral view, broad and short; anterior nasal flaps fairly elongate and lobate, not overlapping mouth posteriorly. Claspers moderately short and stout. Colour pattern of 7 light grey-brown saddles on a lighter, pale-grey brown background, these underside of head saddles obscure or absent in adults, pectorals dusky above, underside unspotted; fins without conspicuous light margins. A large species.

Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique and Natal, South Africa [517]. Records from the Gulf of Aden are doubtful. Nominal records from Viet Nam were based on an undescribed species often called Cephaloscyllium umbratile which was not even that species. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Oviparous, laying one egg-case per oviduct [517]. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Found on the continental shelf and upper slope, preferring areas with sand and mud bottoms [536]. Feeds on benthic animals, mainly crustaceans and cephalopods, but also bony fishes, and other elasmobranches [517].

Size / Weight / Age
110 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

demersal; marine; depth range 40 - 600 m [536]

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