|Scientific Name:||Cephaloscyllium cooki|
|Species Authority:||Last, Séret & White, 2008|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Cook’s Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium cooki) is a recently described species (Last et al. 2008).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Carlson, J. & Dulvy, N.|
Cook’s Swellshark (Cephaloscyllium cooki) is a small (to 30 cm total length), poorly known deepwater catshark, with a restricted distribution off northern Australia and eastern Indonesia. This species occurs on the upper continental slope at depths of 225–300 m. Nothing is known of its biology or capture in fisheries and it is known from only a handful of specimens. The species’ status needs to be better defined, and given the lack of available information, an assessment of Data Deficient is appropriate.
Cook’s Swellshark is restricted to a small area of the Arafura Sea off northern Australia and off Tanimbar Island in eastern Indonesia (Last et al. 2008, Last and Stevens 2009).
Native:Australia (Northern Territory); Indonesia
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – western central
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|Population:||There is no information on the population of Cook’s Swellshark.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Cook’s Swellshark, a deepwater benthic catshark, has been recorded from the upper continental slope at depths of 225–300 m (Last et al. 2008, Last and Stevens 2009). Maximum size of this small species is at least 30 cm total length (Last et al. 2008, Last and Stevens 2009). Nothing else is known of the biology of the species.
There is no information on threats to Cook’s Swellshark, including whether it is captured as bycatch in fisheries occurring off northern Australia and eastern Indonesia.
There are no conservation actions in place for Cook’s Swellshark. Biological parameters and capture in fisheries needs to be defined.
|Citation:||Kyne, P.M. 2011. Cephaloscyllium cooki. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.|
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