Threat Level: low
Scientific name........Asymbolus Vincenti
The Gulf catshark has a short, slightly flattened head with a short
thick snout. They have short lavial furrows along the jaws, upper
teeth exposed. Narrow ridges below eyes. Two small dorsal fins
behind pelvic fins, inner pelvic fin margins fused into apron over
adult male claspers. Anal fin short and angular. Short broad caudal
fin. The Gulf catshark is similar to a number of different species
in this genus that live in Australian seas. These sharks are known
to have very flabby bodies. There are more kinds of catsharks than
any other group of sharks, yet most of them are unfamiliar.
The maximum size of these sharks are 24.6 inches.
The posterior teeth on dental bands are comblike.
The Gulf catshark is easily distinguished by its color pattern, a
mottled greyish-brown or chocolate, seven or eight dark saddles,
many small faint white spots. Pale unspotted underneath.
Not much known on its diet, but probably feeds on crustaceans.
They are nocturnal and usually occur singly.
Gulf catsharks are found in Southern Australia most common in Great
Australian Bight. Often occur in seagrass beds.
These sharks are oviparous and lays pairs of eggcases with long
filaments. Pups have two rows of large dermal denticles to help them
out of their egg cases.