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Haploblepharus: Happy Sharks
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Haploblepharus: Happy Sharks

The Genus Haploblepharus includes four species of Scyliorhinidae (catsharks) endemic to the Southeast Atlantic and Indian Oceans off the coast of southern Africa. These small, broad-snouted sharks have been observed curling their caudal fins over their heads as a form of defense, earning them the common name “Shyshark.” They also have local nicknames based on their scientific names: Happy Eddie, Plain Happy, Happy Chappie and Pretty Happy. Continue reading

Happy Chappie (Haploblepharus kistnasamyi)
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Happy Chappie (Haploblepharus kistnasamyi)

Previously considered a “Natal” form of Haploblepharus edwardsii (Schinz, 1822) by Basset al. (1975) and subsequent authors, H. kistnasamyi has a colour pattern that superficially resembles, although is distinct from, that of H. edwardsii. In addition, H. kistnasamyi is distinct in having a noticeably less depressed body, which is stockier than that of H. edwardsii. This species has only been described recently (Compagno and Human 2006, Human 2006 in press). Continue reading