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

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Pretty Happy: Haplobleparus pictus
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Pretty Happy: Haplobleparus pictus

Haploblepharus pictus is endemic to Namibia and South Africa. An abundant inshore catshark, it is commonly caught by rock and surf anglers, and regularly seen by scuba divers and snorkellers. Its habitat preference appears to be kelp forests and rocky inshore reefs. 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