Heterodontus ramalheira (Whitespotted bullhead shark)

(Smith, 1949)

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Heterodontus ramalheira (Whitespotted bullhead shark) [Illustration by Ann Hecht ]

Identification

The only shark in the area combining 2 spined dorsal fins and an anal fin. Colour dark reddish brown with numerous small white spots.

Size

To 83 cm TL.

Range

East coast, Natal and southern Mozambique; elsewhere from off the Arabian Peninsula.

 
 

 

Habitat

Outer shelf and uppermost slope; unusual for the family in being a deepwater species found at 108 to 275 m.

Biology

A rare, little-known bottom shark that eats crabs. Human Impact Occasionally caught by bottom trawlers.

Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert and Malcolm J. Smale 


  Iziko Museums of Cape Town, 2008

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