These sharks are often confused with puffadder shysharks but can be identified by their broader, more bluntly rounded snouts and depressed heads, and their large, light spots on a dark body. They occur along Namibia's coast and South Africa's west coast, in the cool Atlantic Ocean. According to www.fishbase.org, dark shysharks are commonly found in shallow, sandy areas. They feed on small, bottom-dwelling fish, crustaceans, and molluscs like octopuses and squid. Like puffadder shysharks, dark shysharks curl up when threatened or caught. They grow to approximately 60cm in length.