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Heterodontus omanensis  Baldwin, 2005

Oman bullhead shark
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Heterodontiformes (Bullhead and horn sharks) > Heterodontidae (Bullhead, horn, or Port Jackson sharks)
Etymology: Heterodontus: Greek, heteros = other + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  omanensis: Named for its type locality, Oman.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 72 m (Ref. 54826).   Tropical

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 56.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54826); 61.0 cm TL (female)

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Vertebrae: 98. Diagnosis: Four dark saddles, more or less equally distributed along the head and body. Relatively small, dark pigmented dorsal fins, each with a white distal streak. Large pectoral fins. Unique egg case, with 2 long tendrils extending from its base and flanges with 2 turns. This species differs from H. japonicus in having 4 dark saddles (vs. 11-14); a smaller first-dorsal fin (9.3-10.9% TL vs. 11-21% TL); an egg case of 2 turns (vs. 3), bearing extremely long tendrils (vs. short) (Ref. 54826).

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Western Indian Ocean: Central Oman.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Baldwin, Z.H., 2005. A new species of bullhead shark, genus Heterodontus (Heterodontiformes: Heterodontidae), from Oman. Copeia 2005(2):262-264.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5059   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.