Small-eye Smooth-hound

About the Small-eye Smooth-hound

Smalleye smoothhounds can be found in the western Atlantic Ocean at depths between zero to 900 m on muddy, sandy and calcareous bottoms.   

Biology and Behaviour

Smalleye Smoothhounds can grow up to 70 cm, but are commonly 55 cm long. They mainly feed on crustaceans and sometimes will prey on bony fishes, squids and coelenterates.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Smalleye smoothhounds are viviparous with a litter size between one to seven pups. Females give birth during the summer months in Brazil (December to February). They are presumably a fast growing species. Pups are between 21.6 to 22.9 cm long at birth, then female smalleye smoothhounds mature at 42.5 cm long and males at 47.5 cm long.

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists smalleye smoothhounds as least concern because of their widespread distribution, productivity and abundance.

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Scientific Name Mustelus higmani
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 1-7
Species Mustelus higmani
Common Length 70.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 1 - 900 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic