Eastern Banded Catshark, Atelomycterus marnkalha Jacobsen & Bennett 2007

Other Names: Banded Catshark, Longlip Spotted Catshark

An Eastern Banded Catshark, Atelomycterus marnkalha. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

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Eastern Banded Catshark, Atelomycterus marnkalha Jacobsen & Bennett 2007

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Inhabits sandy to coarse rubble substrates, mostly above 50 m.


Dorsal fins small, about equal in size and relatively low, about equal in size • Snout short and rounded • Very large nasal flaps reaching mouth • Body slender and almost cylindrical (not flattened) • Labial furrows very long; uppers and lowers about equal • No crests of enlarged denticles on upper or lower caudal fin • Pale brownish with darker saddles, with numerous small white and brown spots


Little is known about the biology of this species. The reproductive mode is oviparous (egg laying). Females and males are sexually mature at about 35 cm TL, and the largest known specimen is a female measuring 48.4 cm TL.


Taken as minor and discarded bycatch in trawl fisheries across its range. The species is of no commercial value.

Species Citation

Atelomycterus marnkalha Jacobsen & Bennett 2007, Zootaxa 1520: 24, figs 1-7. Type locality: Torres Strait, 10°36'S, 141°36'E, Queensland, Australia, depth 17 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Eastern Banded Catshark, Atelomycterus marnkalha Jacobsen & Bennett 2007


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CAAB Code:37015037

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient


Habitat:coastal, demersal

Max Size:48cm TL

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