Scylliogaleus quecketti Boulenger, 1902
Flapnose houndshark
photo by FAO

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  89 cm TL (male/unsexed); 102 cm TL (female)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Natal and northeastern Cape in South Africa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. A blunt-nosed houndshark with large, fused nasal flaps, and small, blunt, pebble-like teeth; 2nd dorsal fin as large as 1st (Ref. 5578). Grey above, cream below; newborn with white rear edges on dorsal, anal and caudal fins (Ref. 5578).
Biology:  Occurs from the surf line to close offshore (Ref. 5578). Feeds mainly on crustaceans (including lobsters), also squid (Ref. 244). Viviparous (Ref. 50449). Caught by rock and surf anglers (Ref. 5578).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 25 April 2018 (B1ab(iii,v)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.03.04
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 01.12.95

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