swellshark

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  • Info The swellshark, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum, is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae.
  • Almost nothing is known of the natural history of the narrowbar swellshark.
  • When letting the air out, the swellshark makes a dog-like bark.
  • The swellshark is common in public aquariums because it can live for several years in captivity.
  • When threatened the whitefin swellshark can inflate itself with water or air to increase its size.
  • Little is known of the natural history of the Australian reticulate swellshark.
  • However the occasional swellshark is killed by fishermen and this along with its low egg production may put the species at risk.
  • Swellshark diversity is greatest around Australia and in the west-central Pacific, where multiple endemic species are found.
  • A small species growing to long, the Cook's swellshark has a stocky body and a short, broad head.
  • Like other members of its genus, the variegated swellshark can inflate itself with water or air as a defensive measure.
  • Like other members of its genus, when threatened the speckled swellshark can take water or air into its stomach to increase its girth.
  • During the time when the air is in its stomach, the swellshark floats upward to the water surface.
  • Like other members of its genus, the flagtail swellshark can inflate itself with water or air as a defense against predators.
  • Since the swellshark often enters lobster traps to find food, it will sometimes get caught incidentally and killed when brought to the surface.
  • Like other members of its genus, when threatened the blotchy swellshark is capable of rapidly inflating its stomach with water or air.
  • There is scant natural history information on the painted swellshark.
  • Despite this, the swellshark is listed as Least Concern by the World Conservation Union.
  • Every swellshark has around 55-60 teeth, which contains mostly small teeth.
  • When threatened, it responds by rapidly taking in water or air to inflate its body, hence the name "swellshark".
  • Swellshark eyes are large and gold and the lower eyelid is nictitating.
  • The gills of a swellshark are usually very small and tight.
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