slender weasel shark

Small shark that prefers shallow water

The Slender Weasel shark, (Paragaleus randalli), is a Weasel Shark of the family Hemigaleidae. It is found in the western Indian Ocean, off Bahrain.


Family: Hemigaleidae – weasel sharks

Genus: Paragaleus 

Species: randalli


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles



Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Hemigaleidae

Common NameWeasel Sharks




Average Size and Length: The Slender Weasel shark is born at 11.4 inches. On average they are 1.6 feet. Mature they are 1.9-2.3 feet, and the maximum is just under 2.6 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: The mouth of the Slender Weasel shark is long with a deep lower jaw.

Head: The snout of the Slender Weasel shark has a narrowly rounded tip.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Slender Weasel shark can be found in the Northern Indian Ocean in the Arabian Gulf, in the Gulf of Oman, India, Sri Lanka. There are possibilities that this species (or a new discovered one) is off the coast of Myanmar. They can be found inshore in shallow water down to 33 feet on the continental shelf.

Aesthetic Identification: There is a pair of narrow black lines running down the body, but no prominent markings or patches. The gills are equal to that of the eye length. The fins are concave and mostly dark with inconspicuous light posterior margins. The second dorsal fin is two-thirds the area of the first one. The origin is ahead of the smaller anal fin origin.

Biology and Reproduction: The Slender Weasel shark is viviparous. They have 2 pups per litter.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: unknown

Slender Weasel Shark Future and Conservation: unknown

Slender Weasel Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Harmless to humans.