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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
Conservation status
IUCNLeast Concern

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
    Rights: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO, Image enhancement funded by CSIRO/FRDC


The blind shark has a stocky body and a wide, somewhat flattened head with a blunt snout. The small, oval eyes are situated high on the head and have strong ridges underneath; the oval spiracles are positioned behind and below and have obvious raised rims. The nostrils are placed almost at the tip of the snout and have long, tapering barbels in front and well-developed skin flaps and grooves around the incurrent openings. ... source: Wikipedia

The Blind Shark has a slightly flattened head, small eyes and a long tail. It has two dorsal fins located close together well back on the body, and a small anal fin just before the tail. It is brown or grey to black above and yellowish below. It often has white spots and may have about eleven darker saddle shaped blotches across the back. ... source: OZ Animals

Online resources

Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
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OZ Animals
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Species Lists

Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 22520
Kingdom: animals
Class: cartilaginous fishes
Family: Brachaeluridae
vernacular name: blind shark
scientificNameAuthorship: (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: U
Endemicity_description: Native to Queensland - endemicity not defined

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Brachaelurus waddi


Synonyms Source
Scyliorhinus waddi (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Published in: Blainville, H.D. de 1816. Prodrome d'une nouvelle distribution systématique du Règne Animal. Bull. Sci. Soc. Philomath. Vol. 1816 pp. 105-124
Scyliorhinus waddi (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Squalus waddi Bloch & Schneider, 1801 Bloch & Schneider, 1801 Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Published in: Bloch, M.E. & Schneider, J.G. 1801. Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus ex Illustratum. Berlin 584 pp. 110 pls
Brachaelurus modestus (Günther, 1872) (Günther, 1872) (Günther, 1872)
Chiloscyllium modestum Günther, 1872 Günther, 1872 Günther, 1872
Published in: Günther, A. 1872. Report on several collections of fishes recently obtained for the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 1871 (3) pp. 652-675 pls 53-70
Hemiscyllvum modestum (Günther, 1872) (Günther, 1872) (Günther, 1872)
Chiloscyllium furvum Macleay, 1881 Macleay, 1881 Macleay, 1881
Published in: Macleay, W.J. 1881. Descriptive catalogue of the fishes of Australia. Part 4. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. Ser. 1 Vol. 6 (2) pp. 202-387
Brachaelurus modestus (Günther, 1872)
Published in: Regan, C.T. 1908. A revision of the sharks of the family Orectolobidae. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 1908 pp. 347-364 figs 11-13
Hemiscyllvum modestum (Günther, 1872)
Published in: Waite, E.R. 1901. Studies in Australian sharks, with diagnosis of a new family. Rec. Aust. Mus. Vol. 4 (1) pp. 28-35

Common Names

Common name Source
Blind Shark
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Blind Cat Shark
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Brown Cat Shark
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Dusky Dogfish
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Brown Catfish
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Brown Catshark
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Working classification

Brachaelurus waddi  Recorded in Australia

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