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Scientific name: Poroderma africanum
Common name: Pyjama catshark
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Chonrichthyes Elasmobranchi Carcharhiniformes Not Defined Scyliorhinidae Not Defined Poroderma Poroderma africanum

   

Short Description:

The striped catshark is a distinctive animal having a head and body pale grey with dark grey to blue longitudinal stripes. Its second dorsal fin is smaller than first, and the dorsal fins are set far back on the body. There are short nostril barbels. The animal's belly is pale

 

Identification
features:
Dorsal spines (total): 0 Anal spines: 0 Dorsal and anal fins :equal-sized
Caudal fin:Two pronounced fins Short nasal barbels
Size: 10-100omm
Behaviour: Nocturnal, often found in caves and crevices during the day
Female produce two brown egg cases attached to seaweed
Diet: Mainly on crustaceans, but also bony fish and cephalopods
Distribution: Endemic to South Africa.
Depth: 10-100m
Habitat: Rocky reefs
Reference:
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
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Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Charne Wepener-(Port Elizabeth) 2012-06-17 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 700mm 20m Canon Powershot G12 photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-09-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 17 800m 11m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-09-26 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 17 800m 11m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2007-11-11 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 15 1000mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2008-12-29 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 15 1000mm 14m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-12-28 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Little Chelsea 17 850mm 14m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Du Preez-(Jeffreys Bay) 2010-10-01 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 17 900mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-06-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 900mm 19 Canon Powershot G10 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-06-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 16 900mm 19 Canon Powershot G10 photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-05-23 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 16 900mm 20m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd video
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-16 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 14 1000mm 18m Olympus SP550UZ video
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 12 900mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 12 900mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Quinton Andrews-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-04-02 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Vital Link 12 900mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR photo
Riaan Rossouw-(East Londen) 2010-06-20 East Londen Nahoon (EL)-Nahoon Reef 17 100mm 13m Panasonic DMC FX10 photo
Riaan Rossouw-(East Londen) 2010-11-14 East Londen Nahoon (EL)-Nahoon Reef 18 900mm 21 Panasonic DMC FX10 photo
Werner Grobler-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-12-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 17 700mm 16m Sony DSC-W170 photo
Werner Grobler-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-12-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Kraal 17 700mm 16m Sony DSC-W170 photo
 
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