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- DRAUGHTSBOARD SHARK
Scientific Name.... Cephaloscyllium
Family Name...... Scyliorhinidae
- General Information: The draughtsboard shark
is a large stocky strongly patterned shark with inflatable stomach.
Ridges over its eyes, two dorsal fins the second dorsal fin much
smaller than the first, and anal fin. They have a large broad
head with a large mouth.
- Size: This sharks maximum length is approximately
3.4 feet. At birth they measure 6.2 inches.
- Color: The color pattern of these sharks have
up to eleven dark brown irregular saddles and alternating blotches
on its sides in a checkerboard pattern, on a brown or golden background.
The ventral surface is light in color and is not spotted.
- Feeding Habits: These sharks feed on a wide
range of bottom-dwelling bony fishes,( including cod, and sand
perch) on elasmobranchs (spiny dogfish) and invertebrates (including
octopus, squids, snails, krill, spiny lobster) Bony fishes and
crustaceans are the most important components of its diet.
- Social Behaviour: The adult draughtsboards are
known to segregate by sex. They may aggregate in caves or crevices.
- Habitat | Migration | Distribution: New Zealand,
Japan and Taiwan. These sharks are found on the continental shelf
and slope, at a depth range of 60-720 feet. It occurs in
and caves of rocky reefs during the day, but may move into sandy
or shell covered bottoms at night.
- Reproduction: The female draughtsboard deposits
two tendril egg cases at a time, affixing them to macroalgae,
sea fans. The egg cases are cream or brown in color and measure
4.6 inches in length.
- Draughtsboard Shark Attacks: Harmless.
- Population Report: Common.
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