Graceful Catshark (Proscyllium habereri)

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The Graceful Catshark shares the common name catshark but it is not in fact a member of the family Scyliorhinidae. It belongs to the family Proscylliidae, which consists of 3 genera and six species including Proscyllium, Eridacnis and Ctenacis.

Although the species P habereri and P. venustum were originally described as two different species, P. venustum was not compared to P. habereri at the time of the description in 1912 by Tanaka. It is therefore considered a junior synonym.
The slender shark can be found from the tropical Western Pacific, Indonesia to temperate North Western Pacific of Japan, with confirmed depths up to 100 meters.

Reaching up to 65 cm, this shark can be distinguished by its pale yellow coloration, brown bands and brown spots on its dorsal and lateral sides. Its ventral side is white. My specimens differ from the original holotype and description in that there are no spots on pectoral fins. Pelvic fins with a spot at just behind its origin on base. First dorsal fin with a spot on anterior margin near apex. There is also no mention of white spots in the description that is visible on all of the specimens below.

This species is oviparous with one egg in each uterus. Although it has been exhibited in Public Aquaria in Asia, I have not found any reports of captive reproduction of Proscyllium habereri or any other finback catshark for that matter.
Although difficult to acclimate and start feeding. The species will accept a squid, octopus, shrimp and a variety of marine fish such as mackerel and sardine.

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