Scyliorhinus capensis

(MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838)

Yellowspotted catshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Reference of the original description
MÜLLER, J. & HENLE, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Astrape capensis, Catulus capensis, Scyliorhinus (Scyliorhinus) capense, Scyliorhinus (Scyliorhinus) capensis, Scylliorhinus capensis, Scyllium capense

Scyliorhinus capensis
Syntype: BMNH: 1845.7.3.141 BMNH: 1845.7.3.144 BMNH: 1953.5.10.2 BMNH: 1953.5.10.3 RMNH: incat. (whereabouts unknown)
Astrape capensis
Syntype: MNHN: 1333; RMNH: D2492 RMNH: D2493 RMNH: D2507

Description :

Citation: Scyliorhinus capensis (MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2019

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Scyliorhinus capensis (MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838), © FAO,
Common names
spa Alitán de manchas amarillas, fra \(T\) Roussette à taches jaunes, eng Yellow-spotted cat shark, eng Yellowspotted catshark

Short Description
Diagnosis after Compagno, 1984 [517]: Field Marks : A fairly large and slender, bright yellow-spotted and grey-saddled catshark with small anterior nasal flaps that do not reach mouth, no nasoral grooves, labial furrows on lower jaw only, second dorsal fin much smaller than first. Diagnostic Features: Head and body relatively deep, slender and narrow; greatest width of head less than 2/3 of head length; no nasoral grooves; anterior nasal flaps not expanded and falling just short of mouth. First dorsal origin somewhat behind pelvic insertions; second dorsal origin over pelvic insertions; interdorsal space somewhat greater than anal base. Denticles fairly large and erect, skin relatively rough. Colour pattern of numerous small bright yellow spots about size of eye pupil or more; 8 or 9 dusky grey saddle marks on back; no dark spots. Size large, to 1.2 m.

Southeast Atlantic: Lüderitz, Namibia to central Natal, South Africa. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest; gamefish: yes

Oviparous, with a single egg per oviduct at a time [517]. Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Size upon hatching below 31 cm (size of young with umbilical scars) [517]. Feeds on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans [536].

Size / Weight / Age
122 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517])

demersal; marine; depth range 26 - 495 m [536]

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