TFUI is proud to introduce the brown smooth-hound (Mustelus henlei), also known as the ‘mud shark,’ ‘dogfish,’ ‘paloma,’ ‘sand shark,’ and ‘Henle's shark.’ This slender shark, is brown coloured on top, while it sports a silvery underbelly. Their teeth are blunt to crush their prey, which includes crabs, shrimp, isopods, squid, polychaete worms, and tunicates. They also feed on small teleost fish, but this change in diet comes from maturity (i.e. as the shark matures).
The giant shovelnose ray (Glaucostegus typus) is a medium-sized grey/yellow brown shovelnose ray with short snout. It has small thorns and enlarged denticles along middle of body. Its ventral side is pale, and its snout is sometimes pale grey in colour.
There are sixgill sharks… and there are sixgill stingrays. Betcha didn’t know that! The sixgill stingray, Hexatrygon bickelli, is a flabby ray with- you guessed it- six gill openings. With a long, pointed snout, a round body and small eyes it’s not the best looking animal.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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