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Species: Scyliorhinus meadi, Blotched catshark

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dark + dark saddles
few/no dark spots
D2 < D1

Scyliorhinus meadi Springer, 1966

Blotched catshark    

Head and body relatively broad and robust, 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 3) 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 or before pelvic insertion; 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 separated from each other, much longer than wide, with 3 ridges and rear points, the central point largest, denticles erect, point up and to rear.

Head and body light gray, with 7-8 distinct rectangular dark saddles on upper body and tail fin, with several alternating lateral blotches on belly region;  no white or black spots, although indistinct lighter areas sometimes within saddles.

Reaches 49 cm

On soft and hard bottoms

Depth range 274-591 m.

North Carolina to the southwest Gulf of Mexico & Jamaica.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Mangrove
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 49
Depth Range Min
  • 274
Depth Range Max
  • 591