Mustelus mosis Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1899
Arabian smooth-hound
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
Max. size:  150 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 400 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 33390) including Persian Gulf (Ref. 68964) to Maldives, India and Sri Lanka.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. A smoothhound without spots and often with a white-tipped 1st dorsal fin; adults with a hard, bone-like growth embedded in snout, readily felt by pinching it (Ref. 5578). Grey or grey-brown dorsally, white ventrally (Ref. 5578). Pectoral fins with pale trailing edges (Ref. 5485).
Biology:  Occurs in continental waters, both inshore and offshore (Ref. 244). Sometimes seen on coral reefs (Ref. 244). Feeds on small bottom fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans (Ref. 244). Viviparous (Ref. 244). Caught by shore anglers (Ref. 5578). Readily lives in captivity (Ref. 244). Utilized as a foodfish (Ref. 244).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 01 December 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.03.15
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.03.94

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