Another day, another chimaera! This one you can find in the Southeast Atlantic around Africa. Specifically, from off Namibia, around the Cape of Good Hope and eastwards to along South Africa. Any clue of what this animal is?
We recently talked about the straight tooth weasel shark, but today The Fins United Initiative is talking about the sicklefin weasel shark (Hemigaleus microstoma)!
Say “hello!” to the straight tooth weasel shark (Paragaleus tengi), a species once identified as Negogaleus tengi, but was subsequently moved to the genus Paragaleus. According to the IUCN profile on this animal, there is a similar species that occurs off Malaysian Borneo and Indonesia and has previously been considered to be conspecific with P. tengi (White et al. 2006) but recent investigation suggests they are different taxa. Part of the Hemigaleidae family, they are an inshore, small shark found from Japan to southern China in the western Pacific Ocean.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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