Haploblepharus edwardsii is endemic to South Africa, and a recent taxonomic revision has shown that this species occurs from Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape, to Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape. In the west of its range it prefers shallow rocky reef and kelp forest, however, in the east of its range it prefers deeper water on sandy bottom.
Also known as: Puffadder Shyshark
Distribution: Southeast Atlantic and western Indian Ocean: South Africa (eastern and western Cape)
Behaviour: Apparently social, resting in groups on captivity. Curls up with tail over eyes when captured.
Biology: Oviparous. Eggcases laid in pairs.
Diet: Eats small bony fishes, fish offal, crustaceans, cephalopods and polychaetes.
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