What To Look For:
This small dogfish has 2 dorsal fins, each with
a spine. The body is grey-brown above, lighter
below, and has no spots. The fins have white
edges and the front of the dorsal fin has a
conspicuous black rim. This species is common
in large schools to depths of 700 m. This shark
is also known as Shortnose Spurdog.
Up to 71 cm.
Mainly Southern Australia but possible records from
Southern Africa and the Western Pacific. Close
inshore to upper slope at 450 m. depth; often near
the bottom; young mostly pelagic off outer shelf.
A variety os small mid-water and bottom-living bony
fish, other sharks, shrimp, mantis shrimp, octopus,
worms, crabs and squid.
Live-bearer, with litters of about 3 pups born
between October and December.
Danger To Humans:
Care needed when handling as spines are sharp. Taken
by trawlers and sports anglers in great numbers.
Potentially valuable as food.