Mustelus punctulatus  Risso, 1827

Blackspotted smooth-hound
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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes (Ground sharks) > Triakidae (Houndsharks) > Triakinae
Etymology: Mustelus: Latin, mustela, -ae = weasel (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal.   Subtropical; 45°N - 20°N

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 60 - 100 cm
Max length : 190 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. ); common length : 120 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. )

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean to Western Sahara. Confused with Mustelus mustelus and most data for this species were in part attributable to Mustelus mediterraneus.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

An inshore, continental bottom-dwelling shark. Probably a crustacean feeder. Presumably viviparous.

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.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00151 (0.00091 - 0.00249), b=3.13 (2.98 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=1.3-2.6(?); Fecundity is presumably low like other Mustelus species).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.