sliteye shark

Resilient shark with large eyes 

The Sliteye shark (Loxodon macrorhinus) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, and the only member of its genus. It is found in the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific to depths between 23 and 262 feet.

Family: Carcharhinidae – Requiem sharks

Genus: loxodon

Species: macrorhinus

Taxonomy:

Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles

SubclassElasmobranchii

OrderCarcharhiniformes

Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Carcharhinidae 

Common NameRequiem Sharks

GenusLoxodon

Speciesmacrorhinus

Status: IUCN Red List LEAST CONCERN

Average Size and Length: The Sliteye shark is born between 1.3 and 1.4 feet. Males are typically around 2 and 2.2 feet, and females 2.3 feet. The longest recorded was 3 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: The teeth of the Sliteye shark are small and smoothed edged, oblique-cusped teeth.

Head: The Sliteye shark has a very long and narrow snout. It has very large eyes.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: It is found in the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific between latitudes 34° N and 30° S, from depths of 23 to 262 feet. It prefers the continental and insular shelves in water that is shallow and clear.

Diet: It typically eats small bony fishes, cuttlefish and shrimp.

Aesthetic Identification: The Sliteye shark is a very slim and small shark. It is brownish to grey and counter-shaded white underneath. The fins have light rear edges. There is a black margin on the first dorsal fin and caudal fins. The second dorsal fin is small and low with a very large free posterior margin behind the larger anal fins. There is no interdorsal ridge.

Biology and Reproduction: The Sliteye shark is viviparous, and has 2 to 4 pups per litter.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Scientists believe they are fast-growing.  

Sliteye Shark Future and Conservation: The Sliteye shark is commonly caught in fisheries. However, since scientists believe it is fast-growing, it is resilient to fishing.

Sliteye Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: No threat to humans.