Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Pentanchidae
Etymology: Asymbolus: Etymology not explained, possibly a-, Latin privative, i.e., without; sym-, from syn (Gr.), together or joined; bolus (L.), lump or morsel, proposed as a subgenus of Scyliorhinus (Scyliorhinidae) distinguished in part by labial fold of upper lip not hanging over lower-jaw symphysis of A. analis and A. vincenti. (See ETYFish); submaculatus: sub (L.), under; maculatus (L.), spotted, referring to spots on undersurface in slightly more of half of the types. (See ETYFish).
More on authors: Compagno, Stevens & Last.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 30 - 200 m (Ref. 36712). Temperate
Southwest Pacific: New South Wales, Australia. Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36712); 43.8 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body relatively robust; color pattern ornate and with multi-colored blotches overlaid with black spots. Caudal fin short; dorsal fins larger and more rounded. Tricuspidate teeth.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449).
Compagno, L.J.V., J.D. Stevens and P.R. Last, 1999. Australian spotted catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). Part 1: Descriptions of three new species from western Australia. p. 2-18. In P.R. Last (ed.). Australian catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). (Ref. 36712)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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