The Fins United Initiative is excited to bring back the loved "Underrated Elasmobranch Spotlight" series through TFUI officer Jess Myers. Learn about the Chondrichthyans not shown on the big screen through her beautiful artwork!
The next animal in our lineup, the striped smooth-hound (Mustelus fasciatus), has a very small habitat. These small sharks can only be found along the continental shelf between southern Brazil and northern Argentina.
They can grow up to 150cm long, but usually grow to about 70cm in total length. Young sharks tend to stay in shallower waters but as they grow older, striped smooth-hounds will swim deeper and deeper, reaching a max depths of up to 250m.
Local fisheries target this species, and there is no regulation regarding the size or life stage at which one can be kept, so pregnant females and juveniles are often caught. In the last decade, the population size has decreased by a great number, putting the striped smooth-hound at critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.
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TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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