Draughtboard Shark

Cephaloscyllium laticeps (Duméril 1853)

Brownish to greyish swell shark with a broad dark saddle behind the eyes, and a dense array of irregular very dark spots, blotches and saddles, sometimes with paler flecks on the body. Small juveniles have small dark spots and faint saddle-like blotches, and larger juveniles have darker saddles only.

When disturbed or threatened, swell sharks increase their size by inflating their stomachs with air or water in an attempt to avoid predation

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What habitats does Cephaloscyllium laticeps live in?

Found in shallow waters on reef or weed structure and along the continental shelf to a depth of around 650m

What is the distribution of Cephaloscyllium laticeps?

Southern Australia from WA to NSW including around Tasmania

How big does Cephaloscyllium laticeps grow?

Can grow to around 1.5m in length

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