About This Animal
SIZE: Up to 28 inches (70 cm) in length
RANGE: Shallow coral reefs across the Indo-West Pacific, from Pakistan to New Guinea
HABITAT: An inshore species, the coral catshark inhabits coral reefs and live in crevices and holes in the reef
DIET: Small, bottom-living invertebrates and bony fishes
ON EXHIBIT: Stingray Bay Touch Tank exhibit in Ocean Journey
The Coral Catshark is a small, slender shark with a narrow head and the elongated, cat-like eyes typical of the catshark family. Although a widespread and common species, surprisingly little is known about the biology of the Coral Catshark.
Reclusive and inactive during the day, at dusk and at night the Coral Catshark actively forages for small, bottom-living invertebrates and bony fishes. Its slender form allows it to access tight spaces on the reef. It is oviparous: females lay purse-shaped egg capsules two at a time on the bottom, and the young hatch after approximately100 days.
Learn more about the Aquaium's successful breeding program of the Coral Catshark.