Cephaloscyllium albipinnum Last, Motomura & White, 2008
Whitefin swellshark
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Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Max. size:  101.3 cm TL (male/unsexed); 102.5 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 126 - 554 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Southern part of Australia.
Diagnosis:  A large species with the following characters: head 8.6-13.5% TL in height, trunk 16.1-23.8% TL in width; origin of first dorsal-fin usually forward of mid pelvic-fin base; prenarial 4.5-5.1% TL in length; length of preorbital snout 1.4-1.7 times prenarial length, 2.5-3.1 in prepectoral length, 6.3-6.9 in pre-pelvic length; snout-vent long, its length 48.1-52.4% TL; width of nostril 2.4-2.7% TL; eye-spiracle space wide, 1.0–1.4% TL; pectoral fin large, its height 12.6-13.6% TL, posterior margin 12.0-13.6% TL in length; anal fin tall, height 3.8–4.4% TL; anal-caudal space 4.0-5.6% SL; precaudal length 74-78% TL; interdorsal space 6.3-7.6% TL; teeth with 3-5 cusps near symphysis of upper jaw; mainly weak tricuspidate flank denticles; back without greatly enlarged denticles; long adult clasper, up to 8.8% TL, almost reaching anal fin, interspace about 4.4 in anal-fin base; vertebral centra 121-126; tooth count high, each jaw with 90-116 teeth; strong pattern of saddles and blotches on upper half of body; dark, transverse dorsal markings (9-10) on body and tail, interspaces between are narrow; interspiracular saddle subequal to eye and spiracle length; over and above gill slits with large circular blotch; fins with variably developed, narrow pale margins (Ref. 76947).
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR); Date assessed: 03 December 2018 (A2bd) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 14.07.08

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