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Furgaleus macki  (Whitley, 1943)

Whiskery shark
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Triakidae (Houndsharks) > Galeorhininae
Etymology: Furgaleus: Latin, fur, furis = thief + Greek, galeos = a shark (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 220 m (Ref. 6871).   Temperate; 21°S - 45°S

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 112.0, range 120 - ? cm
Max length : 160 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6871); max. published weight: 12.9 kg (Ref. 6390); max. reported age: 12 years (Ref. 35585)

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Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on the continental shelf, commonly on rock bottom, seaweed and kelp beds. Feeds on octopi, squid, bony fishes and lobsters. Peanut worms and seagrass are also included in their diet (Ref. 6390). Ovoviviparous, with 5-24 in a litter (Ref. 6871). Young are 20-25 cm long at birth (Ref. 13840, 244). Marketed fresh for human consumption.

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. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless (Ref. 12951)




Human uses

Fisheries: 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=0.00389 (0.00154 - 0.00986), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.41 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (K=.29-0.42; tmax=11.5; Fec=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (58 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.