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Temporal range: 56–0 Ma[1]
Early Eocene to Present
Mustelus mustelus.jpg
Starry smooth-hound, Mustelus asterias
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Triakidae
Genus: Mustelus
H. F. Linck, 1790

The smooth-hounds, Mustelus, are a genus of sharks in the family Triakidae. The name of the genus comes from the Latin word mustela, meaning weasel.[2]

A smooth-hound can grow up to 159 cm (5 ft. 3 in.) long and weigh more than 13 kg (29 lb).[3]


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  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Chondrichthyes entry)". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: 560. 
  2. ^ "Mustelus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 4 May 2006. 
  3. ^ Kindersley, Dorling (2001,2005). Animal. New York City: DK Publishing. ISBN 0-7894-7764-5.  Check date values in: |date= (help)