Need a smooth pick up line? Maybe go to a smooth shark… like the smoothound! This week, The Fins United Initiative is bringing you the whitefin smoothhound (Mustelus widodoi).
These Carcharhiniformes (also known as ground sharks) are in the Triakidae family. #Finfact: The Triakidae family are also known as the Houndsharks! Let’s break up their scientific name to learn a little bit more about them. The name “Mustelus” is a nod to the Latin word Mustela, which means “weasel.” The second part of their scientific name “widodoi” is actually a nod to a person! The whitefin smoothhounds are named after Dr. Johannes Widodo, who did extensive work on shark and ray fisheries in Indonesia.
What does that have to do with this shark? Well the only reason we really know anything about them is because of the collection of 44 individuals from fish market surveys of Indonesia, where it could possibly be endemic. As you can imagine, little information currently exists on these smoothhounds. For example, scientists believe it has a very restricted range (but is currently undefined) and they seem to prefer continental shelf depths exceeding 60 meters. Whitefin smoothhounds attain at least 110 cm in length; males mature at around 83–89 cm and females once they are over 92 cm total length (TL). We do not know how they reproduce.
According to the IUCN, they are Data Deficient (DD).
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