Smallspotted Catshark Distribution

Smallspotted Catshark © Marc Dando.Smallspotted Catshark (also known as Lesser Spotted Dogfish) eggcases are found in large numbers throughout the UK and Ireland. They are easily distinguished from Nursehound (also a catshark) eggcases by their much smaller size.

Smallspotted Catshark eggcases also have a short narrow capsule with long curly tendrils at each end (if they haven't broken off).

Perhaps one of the most abundant sharks in the UK, this species is often considered a nuisance by commercial fishermen and anglers, and often ends up as pot or creel bait. However, there are reports of localised declines in Smallspotted Catshark populations.

Read the Shark Trust's Smallspotted Catshark ID Guide to discover more about the biology and conservation of the Smallspotted Catshark, as well as information about fisheries.


Distribution of Smallspotted Catshark Eggcases:

Red Pin.Species verified (photo or specimen seen by the Shark Trust)
Blue Pin.Species not verified
Yellow Pin.Underwater eggcase