I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the coral catshark is in the catshark family; like most catsharks, they are uniquely and mottled-marked with white underbellies. They have dark and light spots on a dark background. They have two dorsal fins that lack spines, and their tail lacks a strong lower lobe.
Although tiny in size, their range is rather large, distribution being noted anywhere from the tropics in the Indian/Pacific Oceans. They’re commonly seen in Pakistan, India to Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papau New Guinea, southern China and Japan. (Obviously in the water, you guys). There have been some spotting off Australia, but these catsharks are thought of to be another species altogether.
For now, however, due to little to no population data being present, they are classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List.
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