Whitespotted bullhead shark

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Whitespotted bullhead shark
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Heterodontiformes
Family: Heterodontidae
Genus: Heterodontus
Species: H. ramalheira
Binomial name
Heterodontus ramalheira
(J. L. B. Smith, 1949)
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Range of whitespotted bullhead shark (in blue)

The whitespotted bullhead shark, Heterodontus ramalheira, is a bullhead shark of the family Heterodontidae found in the western and northern Indian Ocean between latitudes 22°N to 26°S, at depths between 40 and 305 m. It can grow up to a length of 83 cm.

Little is known about the whitespotted bullhead shark. It is found on the outer continental shelf and is thought to feed on crabs, based on the gut contents of two specimen.[1] As a member of the genus Heterodontus, it is thought to be oviparous, but egg case of this species have never been seen.[1]


  1. ^ a b Compagno, Leonard (2002). "Sharks of the World". FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. Vol 2: 31–50.