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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Scyliorhinidae Cat sharks

Genus: Cephaloscyllium

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Cephaloscyllium albipinnum Whitefin swellshark Indo-West Pacific 102.5 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium cooki Cook’s swellshark Western Pacific 29.5 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium fasciatum Reticulated swellshark Western Pacific 42 TL 1966
Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum Australian reticulate swellshark Eastern Indian Ocean 52 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium isabellum Draughtsboard shark Southwest Pacific 100 TL 1788
Cephaloscyllium laticeps Draughtboard shark Eastern Indian Ocean 150 TL 1853
Cephaloscyllium pictum Painted swellshark Western Pacific 71.7 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium sarawakensis Sarawak pygmy swell shark Pacific Ocean 44.1 TL 2005
Cephaloscyllium signourum Flagtail swellshark Western Pacific 74.1 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium silasi Indian swellshark Western Indian Ocean 45 TL 1974
Cephaloscyllium speccum Speckled swellshark Eastern Indian Ocean 69.4 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium stevensi Steven's swellshark Western Pacific 66 TL 2011
Cephaloscyllium sufflans Balloon shark Western Indian Ocean 110 TL 1921
Cephaloscyllium umbratile Blotchy swell shark Western North Pacific 120 TL 1903
Cephaloscyllium variegatum Saddled swellshark Southwest Pacific 74 TL 2008
Cephaloscyllium ventriosum Swellshark Eastern Pacific 110 TL 1880
Cephaloscyllium zebrum Narrowbar swellshark Western Pacific 44.5 TL 2008



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