Grey Smooth-hound

About the Grey Smooth-hound

The grey smooth-hound is a species of houndshark found from California to the Gulf of California, in Mexico. It occurs at the bottom, usually in shallow waters, but has been found in occasion in waters as deep as 200 m.

They’re viviparous. Females give birth to 2 to 5 pups. They become sexually mature when they’re about 70 cm long, and reach lengths of about 120 cm, with females being larger than males.

They’re often caught recreationally in California, and are targeted in Mexico, but since they reproduce relatively fast their numbers are stable. They’re currently considered Least Concern but populations must be monitored to prevent it from becoming endangered.

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Scientific Name Mustelus californicus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 2-5
Common Length 116 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 0 - 200 m
DistributionEastern Central Pacific