Cephaloscyllium fasciatum Chan, 1966
Reticulated swellshark
photo by Ebert, D.A.

Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Max. size:  42 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 205 - 450 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Hainan Island (China) to northwestern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Color pattern of very narrow lines forming open-centered saddles, blotches and reticulations on back and sides (Ref. 11146).
Biology:  Found in fairly deep water on or near the bottom on the outer continental shelf and uppermost slope (Ref. 244, 75154). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018. Can expand itself with air or water (Ref. 244). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Size at sexual maturity according to literature and specimens studied, for males 36.0 cm and for females less than 42.1 cm with maximum size at least 421 cm TL (Ref. 80388).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 20 January 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.03.10
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.03.94

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