Dwarf Smooth-hound

About the Dwarf Smooth-hound

The Dwarf smooth-hound is an uncommon species of houndshark found on continental shelves off the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Venezuela. It has a depth range of between 70m and 180m.

They’re ovoviviparous and one pregnant female specimen was recorded as having a litter of 5 young. Pups are around 22cm at birth.  Female size at maturity is unknown but males mature at around 47cm. The maximum total length for this species is 57cm.

Although there is concern for this species due to their low fecundity and their vulnerability to trawling fisheries, there isn’t enough information to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Mustelus minicanis
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusMustelus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOvoviviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 5
Common Length 47.8 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 71 - 183 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic
EnvironmentBenthopelagic
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