The Small-Spotted Catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) is a cartilaginous marine (saltwater) fish in the Scyliorhinidae family of dogfish. It is also known as the Sandy Dogfish, Lesser-Spotted Dogfish, or Round-Hound.
The Small-Spotted Catshark has an elongated, slender body with a blunt head. Its skin is rough (like sandpaper). It is greyish-brown with dark-brown spots. Its underbelly is greyish-white.
It grows to 100 centimetres (39 inches) in length.
It is native to the shallow waters off the coast of Norway and from the British Isles to Senegal in Africa, as well as the Mediterranean. It prefers sandy, gravel, or muddy ocean floors. It is benthic, living on the ocean seabed.
It feeds on a wide variety of food, such as crabs, shrimps, molluscs, sea urchins, and fish.
The Small-Spotted Catshark is oviparous. The female lays egg cases in shallow water. Inside the egg cases, the embryos develop for 5-11 months before they hatch.
[Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM