Slender Weasel Shark

About the Slender Weasel Shark

The slender weasel shark is a species of ground shark found in the Indian Ocean. Very little is known abut their biology but like other weasel sharks, it has a nictitating membrane, two dorsal fins, and anal fin, and five gill slits.

They are viviparous and give birth to 2 pups per litter.  They can grow up to 48 cm and are usually found in shallow water up to 18 m in depth.

They were first described in 1996 are often mistaken for other weasel sharks. They’re consumed widely throughout their range. Fishing pressure and habitat degradation are making their numbers decline. They’re currently considered near threatened but could become vulnerable soon. More studies are required.

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Scientific Name Paragaleus randalli
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size 2
Common Length 48.3 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 1 - 18 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean