Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Triakidae
(Houndsharks) > Galeorhininae
Etymology: Iago: The villain in Shakespeare´s Othello.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 110 - 2195 m (Ref. 244). Deep-water; 30°N - 10°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 37.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244); 58.0 cm TL (female)
Brown or grey dorsally, lighter below; dorsal and caudal fins may have darker tips and leading edges (Ref. 5485).
Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba (Ref. 9942) and Gulf of Oman to Pakistan and southwestern India. A low-finned, somewhat short-headed Iago is largely sympatric with Iago omanensis at least off southwestern India, and in the Bay of Bengal there is possibly a dwarf, omanensis-like Iago that may or may not be distinct.
Found on the continental shelf and slope. Water temperature: 16-25°C. Oxygen level: 0.2-2.4 ppm. Feeds on bony fishes (mostly lanternfishes) and cephalopods. Sexual dimorphism by size exists. Viviparous (with a yolk-sac placenta), with probably 2 to 10 young in a litter. Utilized fresh for human consumption.
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)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [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
): 4.1 ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec=2).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100) .