Atlantic Weasel Shark

About the Atlantic Weasel Shark

Atlantic Weasel Sharks are a species of ground shark. They have a moderately long snout and large eyes with nictitating membrane to protect their eyes. Their mouth is small and has tiny serrated upper teeth and erect, cusped lower teeth.

Biology and Behaviour

Atlantic weasels are light grey or bronze with vertical yellow stripes along its slender body. They have two dorsal fins, the first is larger than the second and is in front of the pelvic fin. Their two pectoral fins are long and pointed, and the anal fin is smaller than the second dorsal fin. Atlantic weasel sharks have asymmetrical caudal fins.

A fully grown Atlantic weasel measures at about 140 cm, but most are commonly 100 cm long. Females become sexually mature when they’re 75 cm to 90 cm in length and males around 80 cm.

They swim at depths up to 100 m, but predominantly frequent shallow waters between 30 m to 70 m. Their main diet includes cephalopods and small bony fish.  

Reproduction and Lifespan

Atlantic Weasel Sharks are viviparous. Females give birth between one to four pups, each of them about 47 cm long.

Conservation and Tourism

Atlantic weasel sharks are vulnerable to fishing pressure within its range. They are caught by longlines, hook and line, gillnets and bottom trawls.

The IUCN lists Atlantic weasel sharks as data deficient because more information about the species is needed.  

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Scientific NameParagaleus pectoralis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size4
SpeciesParagaleus pectoralis
Common Length100 cm
Max Lenght140
Depth Range100 m
DistributionEastern Central Atlantic, Northwest Atlantic
EnvironmentDemersal, Marine