Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum

(Günther, 1867)

Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Ginglymostomatidae

Reference of the original description
Playfair, R.L. & Günther, A. (1867)
The fishes of Zanzibar, with a list of the fishes of the whole east coast of Africa. Londres: 1–153, pl. 1–21.

Image of the original description

Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum (Günther, 1867)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Ginglymostoma brevicaudatum, Nebrius brevicaudatus, Pseudoginglymostoma cf. brevicaudatum

Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum
Holotype: BMNH: 1867.3.9.423

Description :

Citation: Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum (Günther, 1867): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 02/2024

Please send your images of "Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum" to

Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum, juvenile © Chris Avila, Toronto Bentic Sharks, Canadian Marine Aquaculture, Toronto
Common names
spa Gata nodriza rabicorta, fra \(T\) Endormi, fra \(T\) Requin nourrice à queue courte, eng Nurse shark, eng Short-tail nurse shark, eng Shorttail nurse shark

Short Description
Dark brown dorsally, slightly paler ventrally (Ref. 391).

Western Indian Ocean: East Africa, and possibly Mauritius and Seychelles. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries

Probably oviparous [733].

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

reef-associated; marine

shark-references Species-ID=5244;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Pedibothrium toliarensis Caira & Rasolofonirina, 1998 [16271]