Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Triakidae
(Houndsharks) > Triakinae
Etymology: Mustelus: Latin, mustela, -ae = weasel (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 300 m (Ref. 28016). Tropical; 40°N - 11°N
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 70 - 74 cm
Max length : 87.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 244); 101.0 cm TL (female); max. reported age: 9 years (Ref. 6983)
Northwest Pacific: Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Viet Nam (Ref. 244). Possibly occurring in the Philippines (Ref. 13563).
An inshore bottom-dwelling shark found down to at least 51 m (Ref. 244); also dwells in semi-enclosed sea areas with sand bottom (Ref. 11230). Probably feeds on benthic invertebrates, especially crustaceans (Ref. 13563). Viviparous, with a yolk-sac placenta (Ref. 244).
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00219 (0.00108 - 0.00443), b=3.18 (3.01 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (tm=5.3-6.5; tmax=9; Fec=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (63 of 100) .