Atelomycterus macleayi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Atelomycterus macleayi
Species Authority: Whitley, 1939
Common Name(s):
English Australian Marbled Catshark, Marbled 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): White, W.T. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003)
Reviewer(s): Fowler, S. & Kyne, P.M. (Shark Red List Authority)
A small catshark endemic to northern Australia and restricted to very shallow water habitats (0.5 to 3.5 m). Although little is known about the biology of this species, there is unlikely to be any fishing pressure upon it. Atelomycterus macleayi is of no commercial value, and it is unlikely that populations of this species are under any direct threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Atelomycterus macleayi is confined to tropical Australia between Port Hedland in Western Australia to Melville Island in Northern Territory and possibly into Queensland (Whitley 1940, Springer 1979, Compagno 1988, Paxton et al. 1989, Last and Stevens 1994). Further investigation of the distribution of this species in Queensland is required.
Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Atelomycterus macleayi is reported from shallow, inshore regions on both sandy and rocky bottoms 0.5 to 3.5 m in depth (Springer 1979, Last and Stevens 1994, Compagno and Niem 1998). This species is reported to attain a maximum length of 60 cm, with males maturing at 48 cm and females at 51 cm and hatching at approximately 10 cm (Last and Stevens 1994, Compagno and Niem 1998). This species is oviparous, with one mature female recorded as containing one egg capsule about 66 by 21 mm (Springer 1979).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although very little is known about this species, it is of little or no commercial value and is unlikely to be caught in any fisheries due to its apparent habitat range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further investigation into the population structure, range and biology of this species is required. Although it is unlikely that this species is caught in any fisheries within its range, species composition data from the fisheries operating near the range of this species is still favourable.

Citation: White, W.T. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003) 2003. Atelomycterus macleayi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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