Family: Triakidae – Houndsharks
Common Name– Ground Sharks
Common Name– Houndsharks
Status: IUCN Red List DATA DEFICIENT
Average Size and Length: A mature female was measured at 108.5 cm/3.5 feet.
Teeth and Jaw: There are about 73/69 rows of teeth that are exposed evenly around the symphysis of the lower jaw when the mouth is closed.
Tail: The terminal caudal lobe has a distinct black tip.
Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Whitefin smoothhound is found in the western Pacific in Bali and in Indonesia. It is tropical benthopelagic, found at a depth range of between 197-394 feet.
Aesthetic Identification: The Whitefin smoothhound is a moderately sized shark. It has a low preanal length to anal-caudal space of 7.1-8.7, and to the dorsal-caudal space of 5.3-6 ratios. It has moderately large dorsal fins sitting upright, with a base length of the first dorsal fin 1.3-1.5 times the anal-caudal space. The first dorsal fin has a broad white margin. The apex of the second dorsal fin has a distinct black margin. The claspers of adult males are ending well short of the anal-fin origin.
Biology and Reproduction: There are 86-89 precaudal vertebrae centra, and 33-35 monospondylous centra. Reproduction is unknown.
Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown.
Whitefin Smoothhound Recorded Attacks on Humans: Not a threat to humans.