Spotless Smooth-hound

About the Spotless Smooth-hound

Mustelus Griseus, also known as Spotless Smooth-hound, it is found in the tropical western North Pacific ocean around Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. It’s found in warmer waters and is regularly caught off China, Taiwan and Japan in trawls, gillnets, and longline fisheries. 
 
The spotless Smooth-hound is a bottom dwelling shark. It’s found in waters as deep as 51 m but could go as deep as 300 m. It also dwells in semi-enclosed sea areas with sandy bottoms. It is highly valued for its meat and fins. 
 
It is a relatively small shark and doesn’t grow more than a 110 cm. The female species mature at 68-76 cm and reach a maximum size of 107 cm. The male species reach maturity at about 68-76 cm and grow up to a maximum of 91 cm. This species is currently assessed as Data Deficient due to lack of information throughout its ranges.
 
The mating takes place in July with a gestation period of 10 months, followed by parturition in April-May. They are viviparous and females give birth to 2-20 pups in April-June. The size of the pups at birth is 28-30 cm. These sharks feed on crustaceans.

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Scientific Name Mustelus griseus
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusMustelus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionViviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 2-20
Common Length 87.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 5 - 300 m
DistributionNortheast Atlantic, Northwest Atlantic
EnvironmentDemersal
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