Cephaloscyllium zebrum Last & White 2008

Other Names: Narrowbar Swellshark

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

A small cream-coloured swell shark with 31-34 narrow, widely-spaced saddle-like bars along the body and tail.

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Dianne J. Bray, Cephaloscyllium zebrum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2626

Cephaloscyllium zebrum Last & White 2008

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Endemic to northeastern Australia, and known only from a few specimens collected near Flinders Reef, Queensland. The species may be more widely distributed along the continental slope off northeastern Australia.


Nothing is known of the habitat, biology and ecology of this species.


The specific name zebrum is for the Amharic 'zebra' (a striped equine of Africa), in reference to the colour pattern of narrow bars on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the head and body.


Dianne J. Bray

Cephaloscyllium zebrum Last & White 2008


Compagno, L.J.V. & V.H. Niem, 1998. Scyliorhinidae. Catsharks. p. 1279-1292. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAOIdentification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO, Rome. (as Cephaloscyllium Sp D)

Compagno, L.J.V., D. Dando & S. Fowler. 2005. A field guide to the sharks of the world. Harper Collins Publishing Ltd., London, 368 pp. (as Cephaloscyllium Sp D)

Kyne, P.M. & Cavanagh, R.D. 2011. Cephaloscyllium zebrum. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 09 February 2014.

Last, P.R. & W.T. White. 2008. Two new saddled swellsharks (Cephaloscyllium: Scyliorhinidae) from Eastern 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:37015032

Conservation:Data Deficient

Depth:444-454 m


Max Size:45 cm TL


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