Mustelus palumbes Smith, 1957
Whitespotted smooth-hound
photo by Le Noury, P.

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 443 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: Namibia to central Natal, South Africa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. A smoothhound with lines or scatterings of small white spots along body (Ref. 5578). Grey above, white below (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Found on the continental shelf and upper slope from the intertidal region to deeper waters over sand and gravel bottoms (Ref. 244). Feeds on crustaceans, octopi, bony fish, and fish offal (Ref. 5578). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Catch usually discarded but may be utilized in a local fishery that processes sharks into jerky (Ref. 244).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 August 2019 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.02.04
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.03.94

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