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Species: Scyliorhinus haeckelii, Freckled catshark

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distinct dark saddles + many small dark spots
D2 < D1

Scyliorhinus haeckelii (Miranda Ribeiro, 1907)

Freckled catshark

Head and body relatively slender; crest over horizontally oval eye; anterior nasal flaps not expanded and do not reach mouth; labial furrows on lower jaw only; first dorsal fin origin just behind pelvic insertions; second dorsal fin much smaller than first, origin just anterior to anal fin insertion; space between dorsals slightly greater than anal-fin base; skin denticles small and flat, surface of skin relatively smooth.

Body with 7 or 8 dusky, well defined saddles, numerous tiny (<pupil) black spots scattered over the upper body.

Size: 50 cm.

Lives on continental shelves.

Depth: 37-439 m, usually below 250 m.

Distribution: the southern Caribbean to Uruguay

Note: the form found in our area likely is a different species to S. haeckelii, which may be restricted to Brazil and Uruguay.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • All species
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 50
Depth Range Min
  • 37
Depth Range Max
  • 439