Heterodontus portusjacksoni

(Meyer, 1793)

Port Jackson shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Heterodontiformes Heterodontidae

Reference of the original description
Meyer, F.A.A. (1793)
Systematisch-summarische Uebersicht der neuesten zoologischen Entdeckungen in Neuholland und Afrika. Leipzig, Dykischen: 1–178 + 6 unnum. index.

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No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Centracion philippi, Cestracion heterodontus, Cestracion longidens, Cestracion philippi, Cestracion phillipi, Cestracion phillippi, Heterodontus bonae-spei, Heterodontus longidens, Heterodontus philippi, Heterodontus philippii, Heterodontus phillipi, Heterodontus phillipii, Heterodontus portus jacksoni , Heterodontus (Cestracion) philippi, Heterodontus (Cestracion) phillipi, Squalus jacksoni, Squalus jacksonii, Squalus philippi, Squalus philippinus., Squalus portusjacksoni

Heterodontus portusjacksoni
XXXX: No types known;
Heterodontus bonae-spei
Holotype: QM: I.1587
Squalus jacksoni
XXXX: No types known;
Squalus philippi
XXXX: No types known;

Description :

Citation: Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Meyer, 1793): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2024

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A group of Portjackson Sharks, Heterodontus portusjacksoni, at Nepean Bay, Port Phillip, Victoria by Mark Norman / Museum Victoria, wiki
Common names
deu \(T\) Doggenhai, spa Dormilón toro, fra \(T\) Requin dormeur taureau, eng Bullhead, eng Bullhead shark, eng Dogshark, eng Horn shark, eng Oyster crusher, eng Pigfish, eng Port Jackson shark

Short Description
Harness-like narrow dark stripes on back (Ref. 9838).

Western Pacific: southern Australia (including Western Australia) and one record from New Zealand. Heterodontus bona-spei from South Africa probably refers to this species. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: public aquariums; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Oviparous. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Undergoes yearly migrations to breeding sites. Females lay about 10 to 16 (commonly 10-12) eggs in rock crevices on shallow sheltered reefs at depths of 1-5 m (rarely 20-30 m) during August and September (rarely in July and October). In captivity, females lay 2 eggs a day every 8-17 days. Eggs are hatched after 9-12 months and young then move into nursery areas in bays and estuaries. After the breeding season, males move into deeper waters followed by the females in late September or October. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

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

demersal; oceanodromous [17660]; marine; depth range 0 - 275 m [578]

shark-references Species-ID=2796;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Echinocephalus overstreeti Deardorff & Ko, 1983 [21500]

  • Natatolana corpulenta (Hale, 1925) [23898]
  • Natatolana woodjonesi (Hale, 1924) [23898]

  • Pontobdella leucothela Schimarda, 1861 [28595]