Grey Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus analis (Ogilby 1885)

Other Names: Australian Spotted Catshark, Darkspotted Catshark, Dark-spotted Catshark, Grey-spotted Catshark, Spotted Catshark, Spotted Dogfish

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Grey Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus analis (Ogilby 1885)

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from off Cape Moreton, southern Queensland to off Lakes Entrance, eastern Victoria.

Species Citation

Scyllium anale Ogilby1885, Proc. Linn.  Soc. New South Wales 1 10(3): 445. Type locality: Port Jackson, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Grey Spotted Catshark, Asymbolus analis (Ogilby 1885)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37015027

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:25-200 m

Habitat:coastal, demersal

Max Size:60cm TL

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