Family: Hemigaleidae – weasel sharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Weasel Sharks
Status: IUCN Red List NEAR THREATENED
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 Recorded Attacks on Humans: Harmless to humans.