Paragaleus leucolomatus


Whitetip weasel shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Hemigaleidae

Reference of the original description
COMPAGNO, L.J.V. & SMALE, M.J. (1985)
Paragaleus leucolomatus, a new shark from South Africa, with notes on the systematics of hemigaleid sharks (Carcharhiniformes: Hemigaleidae). J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology Special Publication, 37: 1–21

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Paragaleus leucolomatus
Holotype: SAIAB: 21175;

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Citation: Paragaleus leucolomatus COMPAGNO & SMALE, 1985: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2018

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Common names
eng Whitetip weasel shark

Short Description
A slender weasel shark with a long snout, large eyes, and a moderately long mouth with small serrated upper teeth and erect-cusped lower teeth [536]. Dark grey dorsally, white ventrally; prominent white tips on most fins except for 2nd dorsal which is black-tipped [536].

Western Indian Ocean: known only from one specimen caught off Kosi Bay, South Africa.

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest

Viviparous with 1 fetus in each uterus [20040]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
96.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20040])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 20 m [536]

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