Mustelus higmani Springer & Lowe, 1963
Smalleye smooth-hound
Mustelus higmani
photo by Gadig, O.B.F.

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  77.4 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,600.0 g
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 900 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: northern coast of Venezuela southward to Brazil.
Biology:  Found on the continental shelf on muddy, sandy and calcareous bottoms. Also occurs in shallow brackish water. Feeds mainly on crustaceans and occasionally on bony fishes, squids, and coelenterates. Viviparous (with yolk-sac placenta), with 1 to 7 young per litter. Catches consisting of mainly adults of one sex suggest at least partial sexual segregation. Utilized for human consumption.
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 21 June 2019 (A2d) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Collected between 9.15 and 21.96 m depth during an exploratory fishing expedition in 1967; noted as fairly common at this depth range (Ref. 26912). Museum: UF 36963, 36962, 224215; USNM 156930 (holotype, 49 cm), 187695, 187698 (Ref. 27770). Also Ref. 13608.

Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 23.05.22
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.03.94

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