Gulf smooth-hound

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Gulf smooth-hound
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Triakidae
Genus: Mustelus
Species: M. sinusmexicanus
Binomial name
Mustelus sinusmexicanus
Heemstra, 1997
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The gulf smooth-hound (Mustelus sinusmexicanus) is a houndshark of the family Triakidae, found on the continental shelves of the tropical western central Atlantic. The reproduction of this houndshark is placental viviparous.


The Gulf Smoothhound shark is a type of shark that comes from the Triakidae family. It has a long slender body, a plain grey/brown dorsum, pale/white ventrum and a large and rounded dorsal fin. The fins have a pale to white trailing margin fading towards adulthood. The caudal fin is deeply notched; its teeth are flat and pale. This type of shark can be found in the continental shelf between depths of 36 m to 229 m. The maximum recorded size was 140 cm.


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