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Nasolamia velox  (Gilbert, 1898)

Whitenose shark
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Carcharhinidae (Requiem sharks)
Etymology: Nasolamia: Latin, nasus = nose + Greek, lamia = a monster the eats men (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 15 - 192 m (Ref. 96339), usually 15 - 24 m (Ref. 9253).   Tropical; 31°N - 18°S

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 90 - ? cm
Max length : 150 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244)

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Eastern Pacific: Baja California, Mexico and the Gulf of California to Peru.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found inshore and offshore on the continental shelves. Feeds on small bony fish, including anchovies, and crabs. Viviparous, with 5 young in a litter. Size at birth about 53 cm. Not known to have attacked people. Utilized fresh and frozen for human consumption and processed for fishmeal.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Viviparous, placental (Ref. 50449). Five pups of about 53 cm TL in each litter (Ref. 28023). Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Compagno, Leonard J.V. | Collaborators

Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/2):251-655. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 244)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00244 - 0.01183), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.74 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (68 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.