Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Carcharhiniformes
(Ground sharks) > Triakidae
(Houndsharks) > Triakinae
Etymology: Mustelus: Latin, mustela, -ae = weasel (Ref. 45335); andamanensis: Named for its type locality, the Andaman Sea.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 50 - 100 m (Ref. 124465), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Eastern Indian Ocean: Andaman Sea: Myanmar and Thailand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 104 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 124465); 108.5 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: palatine processes of palatoquadrates subdivided near the symphysis with a short, separate medial segment on each side; pre-second dorsal length 55.5-57.9% TL; upper labial furrows are shorter than lower ones, the uppers 0.7-1.1% TL and 0.6-0.9 times lowers; buccopharyngeal denticles cover most of the tongue and roof of mouth to about the third or fourth gill arch; no hypercalcification of skeletal elements, but no adult specimens examined; dorsal fins moderately large, upright with first dorsal-fin anterior margin 13.9-15.8% TL, height 9.2-10.1% TL; teeth in 69-80/64-73 files; precaudal vertebral centra 87-91, monospondylous centra 33-39; no small white spots on dorsal surface of body, including along lateral line; first dorsal fin without a white margin, the upper half dusky to blackish; second dorsal fin blackish distally; caudal fin with a narrow white margin and a distinct black tip on terminal caudal lobe (Ref. 124465).
Specimens 37.6-71.7 cm TL were all found to be immature (Ref. 124465).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
White, W.T., S. Arunrugstichai and G.J.P. Naylor, 2021. Revision of the genus Mustelus (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae) in the northern Indian Ocean, with description of a new species and a discussion on the validity of M. walkeri and M. ravidus. Mar. Biodiversity 51(42):1-24. (Ref. 124465)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00240 (0.00109 - 0.00528), 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
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .