SPOTTED SMOOTH DOGFISH
A little-known shark around Okinawa
The Spotted Smooth dogfish (Proscyllium venustum) is a Finback catshark belonging to the family Proscylliidae. It is found in the temperate northwest Pacific Ocean, in the Okinawa Trough. Very little is known about this recently named species.
Family: Proscylliidae – Finback Catsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Finback Catsharks
Status: IUCN Red List NOT EVALUATED
Average Size and Length: More than likely the maximum length is 60 cm/1.9 feet.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Spotted Smooth dogfish is found in the temperate northwest Pacific Ocean, in Japan, in the Okinawa Trough. It is temperate demersal found between a known depth of 164-328 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Spotted Smooth dogfish, like its name has spots. It is a long and slender shark with 2 dorsal fins, the first dorsal fin closer to the pectorals (slightly behind), and the second dorsal insertion just in front and above of the anal fin.
Biology and Reproduction: It could be oviparous.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Speed: More than likely it is a slow-moving shark.
Spotted Smooth Dogfish Future and Conservation: They are not evaluated.
Spotted Smooth Dogfish Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.