Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Naturalis’ fieldwork on Sint Eustatius

Photos: Jeroen van der Brugge and Berry van der Hoorn

White-saddled catshark (Scyliorhinus hesperius) new for Bonaire and Curaçao

Sytske de Waart - 25 March 2021
White-saddled catshark (Scyliorhinus hesperius), Curacao, September 25th 2006. Record validated by Dr. D. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. / Photo: Papy Cecilia

In 2019, the white-saddled catshark was caught for the first time near Bonaire and Curaçao.  The Dutch Caribbean waters are home to more than thirty species of sharks and rays.


Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary 2019. Sharks and rays of the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews 2: 33-39. link