Blackspotted Catshark, Aulohalaelurus labiosus (Waite 1905)

Other Names: Australian Blackspot Catshark, Australian Blackspotted Catshark, Black Spotted Cat Shark, Black-spotted Cat Shark, Black-spotted Catshark

A Blackspotted Catshark, Aulohalaelurus labiosus, at Busselton, Western Australia, January 2018. Source: Guy Skillen / Atlas of Living Australia. License: CC BY Attribution

A pale greyish to yellowish-brown catshark with many small to large black spots, blotches and fewer pale spots scattered on the head and body, indistinct dusky saddles across the back, and fins with pale margins and submarginal black spots.

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Blackspotted Catshark, Aulohalaelurus labiosus (Waite 1905)

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Endemic to south-western Western Australia, from the Recherche Archipelago to the Houtman Abrolhos.
Generally nocturnal on shallow coastal and offshore reefs.


Oviparous (egg layer), growing to at least 67 cm total length (TL). Adult males mature at approx. 54 cm TL.


Possibly traded in the aquarium industry.

Species Citation

Catulus labiosus Waite 1905, Records of the Australian Museum 6(2): 57, fig. 23. Type locality (neotype): Fremantle, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Blackspotted Catshark, Aulohalaelurus labiosus (Waite 1905)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37015029

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:67cm TL


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