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Scyliorhinus retifer (Chain dogfish; Chain catshark; Chain cat shark)

Synonyms: Scyliorhinus retifer retifer; Scyllium retiferum
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Wikipedia Abstract

The chain catshark or chain dogfish (Scyliorhinus retifer) is a small, reticulated catshark that is biofluorescent. The species is common in the West Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico from George's Bank in Massachusetts, to Nicaragua. It is harmless and rarely encountered by humans. It has very similar reproductive traits to the small-spotted catshark (S. canicula).
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Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Diet [1]  Carnivore

Prey / Diet

Americamysis bigelowi[2]
Cancer irroratus (rock crab)[2]
Cancer plebejus (Atlantic rock crab)[3]
Heterosquilla armata[3]
Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Norwegian krill)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Hyporthodus flavolimbatus (Grouper)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Belize; Caribbean Sea; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: southern New England to Florida in the USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to Nicaragua. Atlantic coast from Cape Cod to Florida, and west Caribbean from Yucatan to Nicaragua (Ref. 26938).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
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