Cephaloscyllium stevensi Clark & Randall, 2011
Steven's swellshark
Cephaloscyllium stevensi
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Max. size:  66 cm TL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 240 - 274 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Similar to its congeners, this species is most easily distinguished by its color pattern: gray-brown above, whitish ventrally, mottled with brown and whitish spots of variable size over head and body, including ventrally; 6 large dark brown saddle blotches dorsally on head and body and 3 on caudal fin; first four dorsal dark blotches connecting or leading obliquely to other dark blotches below; small white spots most distinct within or at edges of dark brown blotches (Ref. 86282).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 November 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.01.11

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