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Cephaloscyllium albipinnum Last, Motomura &. White, 2008
Whitefin Swellshark; Cephaloscyllium nascione Whitley, 1932; Cephaloscyllium sp; Cephaloscyllium sp A

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Species Cephaloscyllium albipinnum Last, Motomura & White, 2008


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CAAB : 37015013 Taxon concept Cephaloscyllium_albipinnum last modified 2014-03-13 14:41:28.159

Species Cephaloscyllium albipinnum Last, Motomura & White, 2008

Whitefin Swell-shark, Whitefin Swellshark


Miscellaneous Literature Names




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Batemans Bay, NSW to Eucla WA, including TAS; temperate

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, continental slope, marine.

Extra Ecological Information

125-555 m


General References

Compagno, L.J.V., Dando, M. & Fowler, S. 2005. A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World . London : Collins 368 pp. [219] (as Cephaloscyllium sp. A)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia . Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. [170] (as Cephaloscyllium sp. A)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia . Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. [209]

Macbeth, W.G., Vandenberg, M. & Graham, K.J. 2008. Identifying Sharks and Rays; A guide to Commercial Fishers . Sydney : New South Wales Department of Primary Industry pp. 71. [59]

Stevens, J.D. 1994. Families Carcharhinidae, Triakidae, Scyliorhinidae. pp. 120-138 figs 76-107 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast . Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [136] (as Cephaloscyllium nascione )

White, W. 2008. Shark Families Heterodontidae to Pristiophoridae. pp. 32-100 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast . Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [60] (as Cephaloscyllium sp.)


Common Name References

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia . Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. [209] (Whitefin Swellshark)

White, W. 2008. Shark Families Heterodontidae to Pristiophoridae. pp. 32-100 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast . Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [60] (Whitefin Swell-shark)


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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes ( gen. , sp. ) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
Etymology: Cephaloscyllium: Greek, kephale = head + skylion = dogfish (Ref. 80388 ) ;   albipinnum: Name from Latin 'albi' for white and 'pinna' for fin, refers to the distinctive white fin margins. .   More on author: Last .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 126 - 554 m (Ref. 76947 ).   Temperate

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Indo-West Pacific: Southern part of Australia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 101 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76947 ); 102.5 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

A large species with the following characters: head 8.6-13.5% TL in height, trunk 16.1-23.8% TL in width; origin of first dorsal-fin usually forward of mid pelvic-fin base; prenarial 4.5-5.1% TL in length; length of preorbital snout 1.4-1.7 times prenarial length, 2.5-3.1 in prepectoral length, 6.3-6.9 in pre-pelvic length; snout-vent long, its length 48.1-52.4% TL; width of nostril 2.4-2.7% TL; eye-spiracle space wide, 1.0–1.4% TL; pectoral fin large, its height 12.6-13.6% TL, posterior margin 12.0-13.6% TL in length; anal fin tall, height 3.8–4.4% TL; anal-caudal space 4.0-5.6% SL; precaudal length 74-78% TL; interdorsal space 6.3-7.6% TL; teeth with 3-5 cusps near symphysis of upper jaw; mainly weak tricuspidate flank denticles; back without greatly enlarged denticles; long adult clasper, up to 8.8% TL, almost reaching anal fin, interspace about 4.4 in anal-fin base; vertebral centra 121-126; tooth count high, each jaw with 90-116 teeth; strong pattern of saddles and blotches on upper half of body; dark, transverse dorsal markings (9-10) on body and tail, interspaces between are narrow; interspiracular saddle subequal to eye and spiracle length; over and above gill slits with large circular blotch; fins with variably developed, narrow pale margins (Ref. 76947 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Last, P.R., H. Motomura and W.T. White , 2008. Cephaloscyllium albipinnum sp. Nov., a new swell shark (Carcharhihiformes: Scyliorhinidae) from Southeastern Australia. In Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds.): Descriptions of New Australian Chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper no. 22. (Ref. 76947 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

  Near Threatened (NT)  

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 10.9 - 15.1, mean 12.6 (based on 44 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00324 (0.00159 - 0.00657), b=3.11 (2.93 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.2   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High vulnerability (62 of 100) .

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