Heterodontus ramalheira

(SMITH, 1949)

Whitespotted bullhead shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Heterodontiformes Heterodontidae

Reference of the original description
SMITH, J.L.B. (1949)
Interesting fishes of three genera new to South Africa. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (Series 12), 2 (17): 367–374, 3 figs

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Gyropleurodus ramalheira

Heterodontus ramalheira
Holotype: MNHNM: ?;

Description :

Citation: Heterodontus ramalheira (SMITH, 1949): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2019

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Common names
spa Dormilón boquigrande, fra \(T\) Requin dormeur chabot, eng Heterodontus zebra, eng Mozambique bullhead shark, eng White-spotted bullhead shark, eng Whitespotted bullhead shark, eng Zebra bullhead shark, por Tubarão dorminhoco de Moçambique

Short Description
Dark red-brown with scattered white spots (Ref. 6576).

Western Indian Ocean: off southern Mozambique and Natal, South Africa [536], also off the eastern shore of the Arabian Peninsula.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: public aquariums

Oviparous [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Found on the outer continental shelf and uppermost slopes. Feeds on crabs.

Size / Weight / Age
64.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518]); 83 cm TL (female)

demersal; marine; depth range 40 - 275 m [518], usually 100 - ? m [531]

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