These are like the underwater version of those.
They are pretty small, not even reaching 1 ft (0.30 m) long. They are brown or gray in color, with extremely rough skin… obviously. I mean, look at those up-close photos. Would not want to cuddle with this cutie, or even pet it! In fact, I’ll touch it with a broom a few feet away.
Actually, the broom itself might get stuck in its prickles, so perhaps just the handle? Yes, that will do nicely.
They are aplacental viviparous, with litters being around seven. They are uncommon as bycatch, and cannot be properly assessed by the IUCN.
A known parasite of the prickly dogfish is the monogenean, Asthenocotyle taranakiensis!
Did you know about this prickly cutie before?