AUSTRALIAN gREY sMOOTHHOUND OR gREY gUMMY sHARK
A shark in need of more research and data
The Australian Grey smoothhound or Grey Gummy shark (Mustelus ravidus) is a species of shark belonging to the family Triakidae. It is native to the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean waters surrounding northern Australia in tropical waters. This shark is a recently describes species that seems to be abundant among its range, which is mostly unfished.
Family: Triakidae – Houndsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Houndsharks
Status: IUCN Red List LEAST CONCERN
Average Size and Length: Mature males have been measured at 58 cm/1.9 feet, and mature females at 83 cm/2.7 feet. The maximum recorded is 101 cm/3.3 feet.
Teeth and Jaw: The lower labial furrows are longer than the upper labial furrows. It has high-cusped pavement like crushing teeth.
Tail: The caudal fin is deeply notched.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Australian Grey smoothhound or Grey Gummy shark can be found in the northern, tropical part of Australia. They are found in the deep on the continental shelf between 328-984 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Australian Grey smoothhound or the Grey Gummy shark is a slender, uniform, unspotted shark.
Biology and Reproduction: Their reproduction is unknown, but they have between 6-24 pups per litter, and it is presumed that they are fairly productive given their abundance.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Australian Grey Smoothhound or Grey Gummy Shark Future and Conservation: They are currently of least concern. They are taken by fisheries as bycatch. Much of its range is unfished.
Australian Grey Smoothhound or Grey Gummy Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.