Gulf Catshark, Asymbolus vincenti (Zietz 1908)

Other Names: St. Vincent's Gulf Dogfish

Gulf Catshark, Asymbolus vincenti. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A heavily mottled greyish-brown catshark with 7-8 faint darker saddles-like blotches and many small scattered pale spots.

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Gulf Catshark, Asymbolus vincenti (Zietz 1908)

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Eastern Victoria to Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia, and around Tasmania. Occurs near reefs in depths to 220 m, and is most common in the Great Australian Bight.


Teeth minute with 3 cusps; dorsal-fin tips rather angular, interdorsal distance greater than 1.5 times length of first dorsal fin.


Very little is known of the biology and ecology of this species. Like other catsharks, females lay egg capsules.


Occasionally taken and discarded as bycatch in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.

Species Citation

Scyllium vincenti Zietz 1908, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Aust. 32: 287. Type locality: Kangaroo Island and Investigator Strait, South Australia


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Gulf Catshark, Asymbolus vincenti (Zietz 1908)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37015003

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-220 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:60 cm TL


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