Pale Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill 1999

A Pale Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus pallidus. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

A small tropical catshark.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Asymbolus pallidus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 04 Mar 2024,

Pale Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill 1999

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Off north-eastern Australia, off Swains Reefs in the Coral Sea to off Bundaberg, Queensland. Although the depth range is 25-420 m, the Pale Spotted Catshark is uncommon in shallower waters.


Males mature at 32 cm TL, and females mature at 35 cm TL, with the smallest pregnant female at 36 cm TL. Females produce two egg cases, one in each uterus, and the pups hatch at about 19 cm TL.


Infrequently caught and discarded as bycatch in the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery (deepwater component of the eastern king prawn sector).

Species Citation

Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill 1999, CSIRO Marine Laboratory. Report 239:  24, fig. 2. Type locality: east of Rockhampton, Queensland [22°52.9´S, 152°42.3´E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Pale Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus pallidus Last, Gomon & Gledhill 1999


Compagno, L.J.V., Dando, M. & Fowler, S. 2005. A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World. London : Collins 368 pp. 

Hansen, S. & Mazur, K. 2015. Coral Sea Fishery, pp. 47-59 in Patterson, H., Georgeson, L., Stobutzki, I. & Curtotti, R. (eds) Fishery Status Reports 2015, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra.

Last, P.R., Gomon, M.F. & Gledhill, D.C. 1999. Australian spotted catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). Part 2: Descriptions of three new dark-spotted species. pp. 19-35, figs 1-3 in Last, P.R. (ed.) Australian catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). CSIRO Marine Laboratory. Report 239: 1-35, 6 figs Ref available online 

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. (as Asymbolus sp. E)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Rigby, C.L., White, W.T. & Kyne, P.M. 2017. Description of the egg cases of Dentiraja polyommata (Rajiformes: Rajidae) and Asymbolus pallidus (Carcharhiniformes: Seyliorhinidae) from Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa4294(3): 329-341 DOI:

Rigby, C.L., White, W.T. & Simpfendorfer, C.A. 2016. Deepwater chondrichthyan bycatch of the Eastern King Prawn Fishery in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0156036. Open access

Simpfendorfer, C., Heupel, M.R. & Rigby, C.L. 2016. Asymbolus pallidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41723A68609592. Downloaded on 29 October 2018.

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CAAB Code:37015025

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern



Max Size:47cm TL


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