Arabian Smooth-hound

About the Arabian Smooth-hound

The Arabian Smooth-hound is a fairly large houndshark that live in the Indian Ocean at depths up to 400 m. They occur on the continental shelf inshore and offshore and sometimes on coral reefs.     

Biology and Behaviour

Arabian smooth-hounds typically have a white-tipped dorsal fin and unlike other houndsharks that have spots along their body, Arabian smooth-hounds do not have any spots.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Arabian smooth-hounds are viviparous with six to 10 pups in a litter. The young Arabian smooth-hounds are 26 – 28 cm long at birth. They mature between 63 – 67 cm long, and grow up to a maximum length of 150 cm.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists Arabian smooth-hounds as data deficient and there are no conservation methods in place. Little information is known about the Arabian smooth-hound. 

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Scientific Name Mustelus mosis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size 6-10
Species Mustelus mosis
Common Length 150 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 400 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean