Chiloscyllium indicus   (Gmelin)  (Fish)
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Class: Elasmobranchii

Color: Pale brown with 11 or 12 dark brown transverse bands on body, each dark band with a few pale spots and obscure darker ones.

Body slender. Mouth slightly arched; short labial grooves in both jaws. Gill openings narrow, the 4th and 5th slits very close. First dorsal fin above ends of pelvic fin bases. Three rough dermal ridges on back of body.

Synonym (s)
Squalus indicus Gmelin 1789
Chiloscyllium indicum Day 1878
Chiloscyllium indicus Misra 1969

Common Name (s)
• Indian Catshark (English)
• Bokee Sorrah (Telugu)
• Rasorrah (Telugu)
• Coruhgun Sorrah (Tamil)
• Baravla (Marathi)
• Ridge Back Catshark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1984)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA (Record: 1998)
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1998)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Hanfee, F (1999) Management of shark fisheries in two Indian coastal states: Tamil Nadu and Kerala Case studies of the management of elasmobranch fisheries. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 378 Rome, FAO Part 1 (11) Available at -

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