Cat shark

To the genus Scyliorhinus is part of 13 species, including small and large cat shark and shark-cat. In General to the family Scyliorhinidae is part of 15 genera, including 89 species of sharks, also known as a dog sharks. Another family belonging to the order Scyliorhiniformes, Pseudotriakidae is with one, single, tiny-teethed shark (Pseudotriakis microdon). All in all the world there are 12 groups of sharks.


Sharing most of its habitat with a cat shark, star Cunha shark (Mustelus asterias) is a benthic predator. Combing through flocks millionie zone at a depth of 100 m, mustelids sharks prey on crustaceans, such as crabs and lobsters, and fish. In their diet can also include leopard sharks, as in length, they barely reach half the length of Kunia sharks. The star Kunia sharks well-marked dorsal and pectoral fins, typical for big sharks and make it a more threatening silhouette. It got its name because of overlapping rows of scales on the skin, making it smoother than other shark species. Eggs star sharks develop inside the body of the female, and the pups are born alive — unlike leopard sharks, which lays eggs on the bottom of the sea.

The majority of species found in coastal waters worldwide, including the Mediterranean and Chernomora. Missing in the seas of the Arctic and Antarctic. Some species are found in deeper waters.


Weight: 9.5 kg; depending on the type

Length: 80-160 cm

The age of sexual maturity: 1-2 years

Mating season: In the North Atlantic autumn. In other species unknown

The number of eggs From 18 to 20

Stage eggs: 5-11 months

The interval between birth of offspring: 1 year

Normal diet: Molluscs, crustaceans, fish

Lifespan: Unknown


• Small, bottom-dwelling sharks, preying on fish, mollusks and other invertebrates.

• During mating, the male wraps completely around the female, before to carry out internal fertilization.

• Large single eggs, protected individual leathery, attached to the seabed using a thin, twisted flagella.

• Floating, wriggling, above the seabed in search of food, cat shark relies on its spotted coloring, masking it from the sand and hide from predators.

Like other sharks, the skeleton of the cat sharks consists of cartilage. This material is so flexible that allows fish to fold-