Asymbolus parvus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Carcharhiniformes Scyliorhinidae

Scientific Name: Asymbolus parvus
Species Authority: Compagno, Stevens & Last, 1999
Common Name(s):
English Dwarf Catshark

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Heupel, M.R. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003)
Reviewer(s): Simpfendorfer, C.A., Kyne, P.M. & Cavanagh, R.D (Shark Red List Authority)
This small endemic catshark is recorded from a small area off the northwest coast of Australia with a depth range of 59 to 252 m. Its very small size means that it is unlikely to be significantly impacted by the trawl fisheries in the area. In addition it is probably discarded when caught due to its size and low commercial value, and is believed to have a high survival rate.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Asymbolus parvus is restricted to a confined region in northwestern Australia between Dampier and the Buccaneer Archipelago off the coast of Western Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Western Australia)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern
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Population [top]

Population: Little is known about the population size in this range and no scientific data are currently available concerning the population size of this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A. parvus is found in depths ranging from 59 to 252 m. This species grows to approximately 33 cm total length (TL), with males maturing at about 28 cm TL. This is a tropical species that is most commonly found on the outer continental shelf. The biology of this species is almost entirely unknown.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species may be collected as bycatch in commercial fisheries, e.g., the Pilbara Trawl Fishery, but is believed to have high survival rates and is thought to be discarded when caught.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Currently no conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Heupel, M.R. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003). 2003. Asymbolus parvus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T41724A10549100. . Downloaded on 04 May 2016.
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