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Australian Faunal Directory
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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

LSIDs are persistent, location-independent,resource identifiers for uniquely naming biologically significant resources including species names, concepts, occurrences, genes or proteins, or data objects that encode information about them. To put it simply, LSIDs are a way to identify and locate pieces of biological information on the web.

Data Links


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To use WMS services, copy and paste the following GetCapabilities URL into your OGC client (e.g. uDIG, ESRI ArcGIS) laticeps
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Further details

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
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 Australian swellshark has a stocky, rounded body that tapers significantly to the short caudal peduncle . The head comprises no more than a fifth of the total length and is broad and moderately flattened, with a very short, thick, blunt snout. The nostrils are divided into small incurrent and excurrent openings by short, triangular flaps of skin that do not reach the mouth. ... source: Wikipedia

Online resources

Australian National Fish Collection Images
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Images, Occurrence record
OZ Animals
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Description, Distribution, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

RLS profile v3
Abundance: 1.318
Commercial_Uses: It has a strong sense of smell and is attracted to baits, often entering lobster pots—a surprising feat given that large animals almost completely fill the pot
Common_Name: Draughtboard shark;Draughtboard shark
Depth: 3–60 m
Distribution: Recherche Archipelago, WA, to Jervis Bay, NSW, and around Tas.
Frequency: 6.804
Habitat: Exposed reef, sand
IUCN_Threat_status: Least Concern
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Life_History: The species occurs commonly on Tas reefs but is usually in deeper water around the mainland
Max_size: 1.5 m
Range: 226.131
Threats: Recreational and commercial fishing bycatch
South Australian Fish from the AFD
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body stout, brownish-grey with dark patches, a wide dark band behind eyes.
Description : Body robust, brownish to greyish with a broad dark saddle behind the eyes, and a dense pattern of very dark irregular spots, blotches and saddles, sometimes with paler flecks. Small juveniles have small dark spots and faint saddle-like blotches; larger juveniles have darker saddles only. Up to 1 m long head to tail tip.
Biology : Draughtboard Sharks are active at night, and remain relatively motionless on the seafloor during the day. Females lay cream-coloured egg cases that are covered in ridges and have tendrils that attach to seaweed. When disturbed or threatened, these sharks increase their size by inflating their stomachs with air or water in an attempt to avoid predation.
Habitat: Coastal waters, to depth of 60 m.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Deep (>30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Cephaloscyllium laticeps

Common Names

Common name Source
Draughtboard Shark
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Australian Swellshark
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Isabell's Swell Shark
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Nutcracker Shark
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Rock Shark
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Sleepy Joe
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Spotted Swellshark
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Swell Shark
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Whitefinned Swellshark
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Australian Swell Shark
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Working classification

Cephaloscyllium laticeps  Recorded in Australia

Occurrence records

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