The new species is names after Dr. Mark Erdmann, a prolific diver, underwater explorer and ichthyologist who has also been honored with his name on Meiacanthus erdmanni, Trimma erdmanni and Pseudochromis erdmanni.
Dr. Mark Erdmann found this shark in Manodo in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, but the species has also been sighted from Lembeh Strait and Bunaken Islands in North Sulawesi, and from Ambon in the Maluku Islands.
Atelomycterus erdmanni is closely related to A. baliensis and A. marmoratus but it is distinguished by having several large white spots which are nearly ringed by a black outline and smaller black spots along the dark grey-brown body giving the fish a distinctive and very pretty color pattern.
Another identifying feature is the presence of small spots on the underside of the body giving this species of Atelomycterus the common name of spotted-belly catshark.
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