Mustelus lenticulatus Phillipps, 1932
Spotted estuary smooth-hound
photo by SeaFIC

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  125 cm TL (male/unsexed); 151 cm TL (female)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 860 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Kermadec Islands (Ref. 8879) and New Zealand; reported from southern Australia (Ref. 9258).
Biology:  Found on the insular shelves, often close inshore (Ref. 244). Feeds on crustaceans, especially crabs (Ref. 244). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Makes seasonal inshore-offshore movements (Ref. 244). Makes extensive coastal migrations, with one tagged female moving at least 1160 km (Ref. 54100). Forms schools separated by size and sex (Ref. 244). Utilized fresh for human consumption (Ref. 244).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 June 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 21.02.12
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.03.94

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