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Species: Scyliorhinus hesperius, Whitesaddled Cat Shark, Whitesaddled catshark

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conspicuous dark saddles
dense white spots
D2 < D1

Scyliorhinus hesperius Springer, 1966

Whitesaddled catshark

Head and body relatively deep, fairly slender, tapering to tail fin; head slightly depressed, rounded in profile; a crest over eye; eye a horizontal oval; snout short; front nostril flap without barbel; lip furrows on lower jaws only; teeth similar on both jaws, with 3-5 (mainly 5) points, center point longest; 5 gill slits, last 2 over pectoral; two large dorsal fins, second much smaller than first; origin of 1st dorsal  over end of pelvic base; origin of 2nd dorsal over last ½ of anal fin base; space between dorsal bases > anal fin base; pelvic and anal fins small; tail asymmetric, moderately long, its base without a keel, no crest of denticles along margins; skin denticles  with 3 ridges and rear points, central point strong.

Head and body with 7-8 distinct dark saddles; a dark bar under eye; saddles and, often the rest of body densely covered with light spots >/= size of pupil; black spots absent.

Reaches 47 cm

On soft and hard bottoms

Depth range 274-1004 m.

The southwest to southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore Only
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species..
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 47
Depth Range Min
  • 274
Depth Range Max
  • 1004