common smoothhound

Scientific name Mustelus mustelus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category EN
Family Triakidae
Genus Mustelus
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Introduction

Mustelus mustelus, commonly known as common smoothhound, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    200 cm
  • Longevity
    24 year
  • Pattern
    ponctuations
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    200 cm
  • Longevity
    24 year
  • Pattern
    ponctuations

How to recognize the common smoothhound ?

The common smoothhound measures between 100 and 200 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body. The also has blanc ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The common smoothhound hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The common smoothhound is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the common smoothhound is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    vivipare

The common smoothhound is a fish vivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    No
  • Bite
    Yes

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    10 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 624 m

Biotope presentation

The common smoothhound is most often found at a depth between 5m and 624m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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