Leopard catsharks are found along the southern African coast and as far east as Madagascar. 

They live at depths to 250m in the waters off the Eastern Cape, however, they prefer the shallow inshore waters of the southern and western Cape region.

Leopard catsharks are sluggish and spend most of their time on the sandy bottom, often close to reefs.

They feed at night on small, bottom-dwelling fish as well as crustaceans and squid.

These catsharks can be distinguished from other species by the absence of the groove which joins the mouth to the nostrils. They also have a single, long barbel which projects downwards from each nostril.

Leopard catsharks grow to approximately 84cm in length. 


Species Facts

  • Spend most of their time on the sandy bottom, often close to reefs.
  • Feeds at night on small, bottom-dwelling fish