Animal Species:Whitespotted Dogfish, Squalus acanthias Linnaeus, 1758
Piked Dogfish, Spiny Dogfish, Spotted Spiny Dogfish, Spurdog, Victorian Spotted Dogfish, White Spotted Dogfish, White-spotted Dogfish, White-spotted Spurdog, Whitespotted Spurdog
The Whitespotted Dogfish has a spine in front of both dorsal fins. It is bluish grey to grey above grading to pale below. The body has scattered white spots. The pectoral, pelvic and caudal fins have white margins.
Varies by region. In Australia to about 1 m.
Widely distributed in temperate marine waters. In Australia from eastern Tasmania and Victoria to Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology