whitetip weasel shark

Extremely rare shark with dusky patches under its snout

The Whitetip Weasel shark, (Paragaleus leucolomatus), is a weasel shark of the family Hemigaleidae. Only one specimen, caught off Kosi Bay, South Africa, has been caught. That specimen was 3.1 feet long.


Family: Hemigaleidae – Weasel sharks

Genus: Paragaleus 

Species: leucolomatus


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles



Common NameGround Sharks

Family– Hemigaleidae

Common NameWeasel Sharks




Average Size and Length: The only Whitetip Weasel shark caught was 3.1 feet.

Teeth and Jaw: The Whitetip Weasel shark has a long mouth with small serrated upper teeth, and erect-cusped lower teeth.

Head: It has a long snout and large, oval eyes. The underside of the snout has broad, dusky patches.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: The Whitetip Weasel shark can be found in Eastern South Africa. It prefers coastal and tropical shallow water down to 66 feet.

Aesthetic Identification: The Whitetip Weasel shark is slender and dark-grey and counter-shaded white below (except the snout). It has prominent white tips and margins on most fins. The large, second dorsal fin has a black tip. The pelvic and dorsal fins and the ventral caudal lobe are not falcate.

Biology and Reproduction: The Whitetip Weasel shark is viviparous bearing 2 pups per litter

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown

Whitetip Weasel Shark Future and Conservation: Not evaluated

Whitetip Weasel Shark Recorded Attacks on Humans: Mot a threat to humans.