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Greater Spotted Dogfish (Weymouth)

The Greater Spotted Dogfish (Scyliorhinus stellaris) - aka Nurse Hound, usually grows to 162cm.

IdentificationEdit

The upper and underside of the body is pale or dark brown and appears to be mottled, as is covered with a series of small and large black (sometimes white) spots and the under side tends to be paler in colour. Nasal flaps are seperate and are not continuous with the upper lip. Origin (start) of dorsal fins above / forward of the rear margins of the pelvic and anal fins.

BreedingEdit

Oviparous (egg laying) Probably only 1 or 2 egg cases deposited per season, hatching at 16cm. Believed to be mature when over 100cm

HabitatEdit

Found at depths between 1/2m to at least 125m, although most commonly found at 20/63m. Likes a rough or rocky bottom and areas where there is algae covering.

FoodEdit

Molluscs (mussels and oysters) crustaceans (crabs, lobsters and squat lobsters and prawns) and boney fish; small species like Pout, Poor Cod and Whiting. with larger sharks taking cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish and octopus).

RangeEdit

Eastern North Atlantic known down to Senegal. Located both inshore and offshore.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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