Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Scyliorhinidae
Etymology: Akheilos: Name from the Greek mythological sea daemon Akheilos, a handsome boy transformed into a shark by the goddess Aphrodite as punishment for his boasting that he was more beautiful than her.; suwartanai: Named for Atjep Suwartana, first director of the Research and Development Center of Oceanology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Ambon.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 120897)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This moderately small scyliorhinid catshark is distinguished by the following set of characters: a moderately long precaudal tail region (tail much longer than trunk); dorsal fins are of similar size and shape; snout short and narrowly parabolic; eyes are large and narrowly oval (length 5.0 times in head length), broad suborbital grooves; nostrils are oblique with triangular anterior nasal flaps not reaching to mouth and distinct but low posterior nasal flaps; mouth is broadly rounded, its width 1.2 times preoral length; upper and lower labial furrows are well developed, uppers not reaching midpoint between mouth corner and posterior margin of nostril; jaws with ~60 upper and ~53 lower tooth rows, teeth are mostly multicuspid, posterolaterals not strongly differentiated from anterolaterals; caudal fin ventral lobe is low but distinct; claspers long and slender, glans elongate, long and low envelope present, cover rhipidion small without an anterior fold or tab, pseudosiphon small and slit-like; with supraorbital crests on cranium; precaudal vertebral centra 96, total centra ~137. Colouration: pale brown with numerous rusty brown spots, small brown spots forming two indistinct saddles on dorsal surface of predorsal body, broken ocellus-like marking on side behind pectoral fins and under each dorsal fin (Ref. 120897).
Depth of occurrence unknown. Stomach contained several anterior sections of a small snake eel (Ophichthidae) (Ref. 120897).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
White, W.T., Fahmi and S. Weigmann, 2019. A new genus and species of catshark (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from eastern Indonesia. Zootaxa 4691(5):444-460. (Ref. 120897)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00331 (0.00170 - 0.00646), b=3.15 (2.97 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .