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).
Viviparous with a yolk-sac placenta. Produces 5 to 16 young per litter, with larger adults having larger litters of young. Gestation period is 10 months, birth occurring in April and May. Size at birth about 28 cm (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. (Ref. 244)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00224 (0.00110 - 0.00455), b=3.18 (3.01 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 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) .