Chain Catshark

Common Name: Chain Catshark
Scientific Name: Scyliorhinus retifer


Also known as the chain dogfish, the chain dogfish is a member of the cat shark family and is a cartilaginous fish. They are pale brown or sometimes yellowish with a chain link pattern on it's back which acts as camouflage.

Their eyesight is very poor - food is found primarily by smell.


Up to 18 in. (46 cm)


North East Coast and Georges Bank to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and Nicaragua


Rocky bottoms, at depths of 510 -2000 ft.(155 -545 m)

Feeding Habits

Feeds on shrimp, worms and small fish and crustaceans.