Venezuelan Dwarf Smoothhound
Small shark of Venezuela
Family: Triakidae – Houndsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Houndsharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: They are born around 22 cm/8.7 inches. Mature males have been measured at 47 cm/ 1.5 feet and the maximum recorded for a female has been recorded at 57 cm/1.8 feet.
Teeth and Jaw: The upper labial furrows are somewhat longer than the lower labial furrows. The teeth are low crowned with weak cusps and are pavement like.
Head: The head is short and stout. The nostrils are widely spaced, and the eyes are large and close set.
Tail: The ventral caudal lobe is poorly developed.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Venezuelan Dwarf smoothhound can be found in the west Atlantic in Venezuela and Colombia offshore on the outer continental shelf between 233-600 feet. They are considered tropical benthopelagic.
Aesthetic Identification: The Venezuelan Dwarf smoothhound is small and stout. It is uniform grey without any spots. The dorsal fins are unfringed. Newborn sharks have dusky-tipped dorsal and caudal fins.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Venezuelan Dwarf Smoothhound Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.