Reticulate Swellshark, Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum White & Ebert 2008

Other Names: Australian Reticulate Swellshark, Reticulate Swell Shark, Reticulated Swellshark

A Reticulate Swellshark, Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small strikingly patterned swell shark with dorsal surface with dark brown, open-centred saddles along the back.

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Dianne J. Bray, Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 May 2024,

Reticulate Swellshark, Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum White & Ebert 2008

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Endemic to Western Australia from the upper continental slope off Geraldton to Broome.


A small poorly known shark with very liitle known of its biology and ecology.


The specific name hiscosellum is from the Latin hisco meaning 'open' and sella meaning 'saddle' in reference to the distinctive open-centred saddle-like markings on this species.


Dianne J. Bray

Reticulate Swellshark, Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum White & Ebert 2008


Clark, E. & J.E. Randall. 2011. Cephaloscyllium stevensi: a new species of swellshark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Papua New Guinea. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 17(1): 23-34.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Second Edition. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Lisney, T.J. & Kyne, P.M. 2011. Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 09 February 2014.

White, W.T. & D.A. Ebert. 2008. Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum sp. nov., a new swell shark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Northwestern Australia. In Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds): Descriptions of New Australian Chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper no. 22.

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CAAB Code:37015007

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:290-420 m


Max Size:52 cm TL


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