GREATER SPOTTED CATSHARK

(BULL HUSS)

Sycliorhinus stellaris (Linnaeus, 1758)

 

Usual Size To 162cm
UK Record Weight

BOAT 22lb 4oz


SHORE 19lb 14oz

Identification The upper and underside of the body is pale or dark brown and appears to be mottled, as is covered with a series of small and large black (sometimes white) spots and the under side tends to be paler in colour.
Habitat Found at depths between 1/2m to at least 125m, although most commonly found at 20/63m.
  • Likes a rough or rocky bottom and areas where there is algae covering.
Range Eastern North Atlantic known down to Senegal. Located both inshore and offshore
Food Molluscs (mussels and oysters) crustaceans (crabs, lobsters and squat lobsters and prawns) and boney fish; small species like Pout, Poor Cod and Whiting. with larger sharks taking cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish and octopus)
Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
  • Probably only 1 or 2 egg cases deposited per season, hatching at 16cm.
  • Believed to be mature when over 100cm
Additional Notes
References A Field Guide to The Sharks of British Coastal Waters - Vas 1991 FAO Species Catalogue 4 - Sharks of The World - Compagno Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

 

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