Triakis scyllium Müller & Henle, 1839
Banded houndshark
photo by FAO

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  150 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: southern Siberia to Taiwan (Ref. 244). Nominal records from the Philippines (Ref. 13563).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found on the continental and insular shelves, often occurring in shallow water close inshore. Prefers estuaries and shallow bays, especially sandy and algal-covered areas and eelgrass flats. Feeds on small fishes and probably crustaceans and other benthic invertebrates. Often solitary, though some may cluster in resting areas on bottom. Ovoviviparous (aplacental), with 10 to 20 young in a litter. Meat is regarded as of inferior quality.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 July 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 01.03.04
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 29.03.94

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