Gulf Catshark

The gulf catshark is species of catshark living in Australia.

Gulf Catshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Scyliorhinidae
Genus Asymbolus
Scientific Name A. vincenti


At maximum, these sharks are 1.8 ft long. Its head and snout are narrow, and the eyes are on the shark’s head horizontally. The dorsal fins are approximately the same length.

Dorsally these sharks are chocolate or mottled brown and are covered with small, densely scattered white spots. On the underside, they are much lighter and lack any patterns or markings.

Where do they live

Map Of The Gulf Catshark’s Habitat

Gulf catshark Habitat Map


They live in the eastern Indian Ocean, off the coasts of southern Australia. The most common location for this shark appears to be the Great Australian Bight, where they live in seagrass. Its depth range is 89 to 2,133 ft.



These sharks are oviparous, i.e., they give birth by laying eggs in pairs. The eggs have filaments on their ends to anchor themselves against rocks or seaweed.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN lists the Gulf catshark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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