Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Triakidae
(Houndsharks) > Triakinae
Etymology: Mustelus: Latin, mustela, -ae = weasel (Ref. 45335); walkeri: Named for Terry Walker (Department of Primary Industries, Victoria). More on authors: White & Last.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 52 - 403 m (Ref. 76951). Tropical
Western Pacific: Australia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 86 - 94.2 cm
Max length : 94.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76951); 111.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A relatively large species with the following characters: tall dorsal fins, its posterior margin directed posteroventrally from top to bottom and not upright distally, first dorsal-fin base is 1.6-2.0 times the anal-caudal space; buccopharyngeal denticles cover entire palate and floor of mouth; long claspers of adult males are slender, strongly depressed, the inner length about 9-10% TL, extending to just anterior of the second dorsal-fin origin; lower edge of spiracle is usually close to level of mid-eye; insertion of anal-fin usually over its apex; about 69/73 teeth rows; 78- 94 precaudal vertebral centra; 35-39 monospondylous centra; dorsal color pale greyish with numerous small, often indistinct, semi-regular, diffuse-edged white spots on postspiracular head and body; light and dark tonal coloration well demarcated on head below eye and onto middle of first gill slit, the intergill membranes are much darker dorsally than ventrally; bases and inner lobe of dorsal fins in juveniles (<400 mm TL) not strongly contrasted to distal part of fin, inner lobe is pale-edged; juveniles have caudal fin with distinctive whitish posterior margins (Ref. 76951).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
White, W.T. and P.R. Last, 2008. Description of two new species of gummy sharks, genus Mustelus (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae) from Australian waters. pp. 189-201. In P.R. Last, W.T. White and J.J. Pogonoski (eds). Descriptions of new Australian chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper no. 22. 365 p. (Ref. 76951)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 19.7 - 24.3, mean 21.4 °C (based on 28 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00240 (0.00106 - 0.00541), b=3.13 (2.95 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (57 of 100) .