Blackspotted smooth-hound

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Blackspotted smooth-hound
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Triakidae
Genus: Mustelus
Species: M. punctulatus
Binomial name
Mustelus punctulatus
A. Risso, 1827
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The blackspotted smooth-hound (Mustelus punctulatus) is a houndshark of the family Triakidae. It is found on the continental shelves of the subtropical eastern Atlantic from the Mediterranean to the Western Sahara, between latitudes 45° N and 20° N, from the surface to a depth of 250 m. It can reach of a length of 1.5 m.


As other sharks, the blackspotted smooth-hound harbours a number of parasites. Triloculotrema euzeti is a monocotylid monogenean parasitic within the nasal tissues, which was described in 2016 from sharks caught off Tunisia.[1]