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Diagnostic Description

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A large catshark with short nasal barbels and long horizontal black stripes (Ref. 5578).
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Recorder
Cristina V. Garilao
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Life Cycle

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Oviparous, with a single egg-case per oviduct (Ref. 244). Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449). Size at hatching between 14 and 15 cm.
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Morphology

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Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 0
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Trophic Strategy

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Feeds on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans (Ref. 5578).
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Pascualita Sa-a
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Biology

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Occurs in the continental shelf, both inshore and offshore (Ref. 5578). Prefers rocky reefs from the intertidal zone down to 100 m depth (Ref. 5578). Nocturnal, often found in caves and crevices during the day (Ref. 5578). Feeds mainly on crustaceans, but also bony fish and cephalopods (Ref. 244). Oviparous (Ref. 50449). Readily kept in captivity (Ref. 244).
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Kent E. Carpenter
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Importance

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fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes
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