Small-spotted Catshark Scyliorhinus canicula

Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
The Small-spotted Catshark was previously known as the Lesser-spotted Dogfish and is commonly called by its former name. The small-/lesser-spotted name relates to the small spots over its body. It is also called the Rough Hound after its dogfish name and its rough skin.
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
It is native to shallow water of the northeastern Atlantic from Norway to Senegal, including the Mediterranean. Mainly nocturnal, prey is mainly shellfish but also small fish.
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
It grows to about a metre long. The underside is pale. The Greater-spotted Dogfish or Nursehound, S. stellaris, is a related and similar-looking catshark over the same range with slightly larger spots and growing to a metre and a half.
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
Small-spotted Catshark
They are egg-layers (mermaid's purses). Juveniles are shown immediately above compared in size to a whelk.