Common names from other countries
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Triakidae
(Houndsharks) > Galeorhininae
Etymology: Hemitriakis: Greek, hemi = half + Greek, triakis = three times (Ref. 45335); complicofasciata: Name from Latin 'complico' meaning complicated, and 'fasciata' for striped, refering to the complex body color pattern of young individuals.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic. Temperate
Northwest Pacific: Ryukyu Is. (Japan) and Taiwan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - 80.5 cm
Max length : 81.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55581); 88.0 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following characters: monospondylous vertebrae 46-52; precaudal total vertebrae 124-131; posterior nasal flap developed; first dorsal fin origin anterior to free rear tips of pectoral fin; snout length short with snout tip to oral length < 1.8 times internarial width; embryos and juveniles with dark complicated lines and rings; no accessory cartilage at symphysial part of upper jaw (Ref. 55581).
Claspers of most males are almost fully elongate and calcified at about 76 cm TL; while females are mature and pregnant at about 76 cm TL. Embryos less than 22 cm TL with only external yolk, most that are more than 22 cm TL with substantial internal yolk. Litter size from 5-8 with 2-4 embryos per uterus. Five pregnant specimens contained a total of 29 embryos (9 females and 20 males) and each embryo were covered separately by embryonic membrane (Ref. 55581).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Takahashi, M. and K. Nakaya, 2004. Hemitriakis complicofasciata, a new whitefin topshark (Carcharhiniformes; Triakidae) from Japan. Ichth. Research 51(3):248-255. (Ref. 55581)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00398 (0.00170 - 0.00930), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .