Lesser Spotted Dogfish

A lesser spotted dogfish with its characteristic blunt head and dark spots

The lesser spotted dogfish, also known as a cat shark, prefers shallow waters around England and Norway and in some parts of the Mediterranean. Mostly grey-brown in color, their bodies are also dominated by dark spots. The species is characterized by a blunt head and dorsal fins near the tail.

Their diet mainly consists of fish and a variety of crustaceans, though they also eat hermit crabs and tunicates. They have a particular way of feeding which involves using their tails to keep prey in place and then in quick motion, biting or tearing off pieces.

Scyliorhinus canicula lay egg pouches or cases that enclose the young dogfish, which will grow up to almost a year, depending on the ocean temperature.



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