Cephaloscyllium variegatum

LAST & WHITE, 2008


Saddled swellshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. (2008)
Two new saddled swellsharks (Cephaloscyllium: Scyliorhinidae) from eastern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 159–170

Image of the original description

Cephaloscyllium variegatum sp. nov.: dorsal view of paratypes CSIRO H 4684–01 (female 237 mm TL) and CSIRO H 4684–02 (juvenile male 252 mm TL); lateral views of paratype CSIRO H 4684–01 (female 237 mm TL) and CSIRO H 4684–02 (juvenile male 252 mm TL). In: LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. (2008): Two new saddled swellsharks (Cephaloscyllium: Scyliorhinidae) from eastern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 159-170

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Cephaloscyllium cf. variegatum



Description :


Citation: Cephaloscyllium variegatum LAST & WHITE, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2021

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Cephaloscyllium variegatum sp. nov. holotype (CSIRO H 3714–01, adult male 683 mm TL): dorsal view; lateral view.In: LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. (2008): Two new saddled swellsharks (Cephaloscyllium: Scyliorhinidae) from eastern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 159-170
Common names
eng Saddled swellshark

Short Description
This medium-sized species is distinguished by the following set of characters: head 9.4-10.5% TL in height, trunk width 14.5-17.1% TL; origin of first dorsal fin over or slightly behind mid pelvic-fin base; prenarial 4.4-5.0% TL in length; length of preorbital snout, 1.5-1.7 times prenarial length, 2.9-3.3 in prepectoral length, 6.4-7.2 in prepelvic length; snout-vent length long, 50.5-52.9% TL; nostril 2.4-2.6% TL in width; eye-spiracle space wide, 0.8-1.3% TL; pectoral fin large, height 12.9-13.2% TL, posterior margin length 10.4-12.1% TL; anal fin 3.5-4.1% TL in height; anal-caudal space 4.5-5.7% SL; precaudal 76-78% TL in length; interdorsal space 6.5-8.0% TL; teeth with 3-7 cusps near symphysis of upper jaw; flank denticles are mainly unicuspidate; back with no greatly enlarged denticles; long adult clasper, up to 8.1% TL, almost reaching anal fin, interspace about 5.4 in anal-fin base; vertebral centra 116-124; teeth in each jaw 68-82; variable colour pattern, not similar between adults and juveniles; adults have 11 distinct or indistinct dark saddle-like markings on body and tail while juveniles are without saddles, instead with fine blackish spots; predorsal saddles are not much wider than interspaces between them; interspiracular saddle width is subequal to eye length; obvious dark blotch over gill slits none; fleshy part of caudal fin appearing as a pale stripe, well demarcated from darker areas above and below [3342].

Distribution
Southwest Pacific: Australia. Source: www.gbif.org

Size / Weight / Age
72.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [3342]); 74 cm TL (female)

Habitat
bathypelagic; marine; depth range 114 - 606 m [3342]

Remarks
shark-references Species-ID=1319;