Striped Catshark

(Poroderma africanum)

Pyjama shark, Pajama-haai

1. What is it?

Striped catsharks or pyjama sharks (Poroderma africanum) are bottom-dwelling, residential sharks found in shallow reefs as far down as 100 m. They are known for producing eggs within the characteristic horny egg cases or ‘mermaid´s purses’ casings. They are endemic to South Africa and are listed as Near Threated on the IUCN’s list for threatened species. They are rated as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational fishers with a special permit may catch striped catsharks following a daily bag limit of 1pp/pd. Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catches.

3. Where is it from?

Striped catsharks are endemic to South Africa found along the Western and Eastern Cape coastline. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.