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Asymbolus rubiginosus

(Orange Spotted Catshark)


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Family : Cat sharks ; Oviparous [1].

Common Names

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Common Names in Czech:

Mácka oranžovoskvrnitá

Common Names in English:

Orange Spotted Catshark, Orange Spotted Catshrak, Rusty Catshark, Rustyspotted Catshark, Spotted Catshark


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May be found at depths of 25 to 540 meters.

Ecology: Asymbolus rubiginosus is demersal on the continental shelf and upper slope and is reported in depths of 25 to 540 m (Last 1999), although it is uncommon in shallower waters. It reaches at least 549 mm total length (TL ) with males maturing at about 344 mm TL (Last 1999). Little is known of the biology of this species. Observed stomach contents include fish, cephalopods and the egg cases of other scyliorhinid sharks (personal observation). The species is oviparous with one functional ovary in females. Ovulated females generally contain two egg cases, one in each oviduct . Ovulated females have been observed during the months of July, August and October (personal observation). The species may not have a well-defined reproductive season , similar to the situation with other scyliorhinid sharks and evidence suggests it may be a productive species. There is no available information on age and growth, natural mortality or behavioural ecology. (Ref. 256076).

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Name Status: Accepted Name .

First described: Last P.R., M .F. Gomon and D.C. Gledhill Australian spotted catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae). Part 2: Descriptions of three new, dark-spotted species. p. 19-35. In: P.R. Last (ed.). Australian catsharks of the genus Asymbolus (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae)., 1999.

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Asymbolus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 9 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. analis (Australian Spotted Catshark) · A. funebris (Blotched Catshark) · A. galacticus (Starry Catshark) · A. occiduus (Western Spotted Catshark) · A. pallidus (Pale Spotted Catshark) · A. parvus (Dwarf Catshark) · A. rubiginosus (Orange Spotted Catshark) · A. submaculatus (Saddled Catshark) · A. vincenti (St. Vincent's Gulf Dogfish)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 01, 2008:



  1. Dulvy, N.K. and J.D. Reynolds (1997). Evolutionary transitions among egg-laying, live-bearing and maternal inputs in sharks and rays. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 264:1309-1315. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-20