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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Happy Eddie (Haploblepharus edwardsii)
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Happy Eddie (Haploblepharus edwardsii)

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. Continue reading

Honeycomb Izak Catshark (Holohalaelurus favus)
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Honeycomb Izak Catshark (Holohalaelurus favus)

The Honeycomb Izak Catshark is a difficult shark to spot these days. Once abundant in the waters off Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, and Mozambique, the unique species has mysteriously vanished from sight. Interestingly, juvenile H. favus appears to have adapted to deeper waters than their elders, but the deep-sea catshark has not been recorded at any depth since the … Continue reading