Slit-eye Shark

About the Slit-eye Shark

The Slit-eye Shark is species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, and only member of its genus Loxodon. It is found in the Indo-West Pacific.

This is a small species of shark. They mature around 60 cm TL, and grow to a maximum size of 90 cm TL. The young are born at 40 to 45 cm TL, they reproduce annually and usually have a litter size of two and are viviparous. They feed on teleost fish, crustaceans and cephalopods.

This species is a marine demersal shark, found on continental and insular shelves, mainly near the bottom. It occurs almost continuously from eastern South Africa to southern Japan and Northern Australia.

There are no conservation measures currently in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Loxodon macrorhinus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 2-4
Common Length 98.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 7 - 100 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean