Indonesian Shortsnout Spurdog

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About the Indonesian Shortsnout Spurdog

The Indonesian Shortsnout Spurdog is a dogfish member of the family Squalidae, found off Indonesia.

Biology and Description:

The Indonesian Shortsnout Spurdog has a slender body, a relatively narrow and very short snout, large eyes. Both dorsal fins are small, the caudal fin has a short, broad caudal bar, with enlarged upper caudal blotch. Feeds on small fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans. This species is viviparous and gives birth to 3-10 pups, but gestation period is unknown. Males mature at about 43 cm TL and females by 61 cm TL; with the largest embryo measured 18 cm TL.


This is a benthopelagic species, occurs on or near the bottom of upper continental and insular slopes at depths of 1-100 m. Native to Indonesia and known only from Java, Bali, and Lombok.


This species is a very common catch component of demersal longline fisheries operating in the deepwater areas off Eastern Indonesia. There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species.


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Scientific Name Squalus hemipinnis
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size 10-Mar
Common Length 52.2 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 1 - 100 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean