Chaenogaleus macrostoma

(Bleeker, 1852)

Hooktooth shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Hemigaleidae

Reference of the original description
Bleeker, P. (1852)
Bijdrage tot de kennis der Plagiostomen van den Indischen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 24(art. 12): 1–92, Pls. 1–4

Images of the original description (synonym)
Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chaenogaleus macrostomus, Hemigaleus balfouri, Hemigaleus macrostoma, Negogaleus balfouri, Negogaleus macrostoma

Chaenogaleus macrostoma
Syntype: BMNH: 1867.11.28.197
Hemigaleus balfouri
Holotype: ZSI: F3169 (lost)

Description :

Citation: Chaenogaleus macrostoma (Bleeker, 1852): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2024

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Chaenogaleus macrostoma (Bleeker, 1852), captured by a fisherman off Dibba in the Musandam region of Oman (Gulf of Oman) in 2003; 90 cm TL, female © Aaron C. Henderson, SFS · Center for Marine Resource Studies
Common names
spa Comadreja ganchuda, fra \(T\) Milandre harpon, eng Balfour"s shark, eng Hooktooth shark

Short Description
Bronzy-grey above, white below when fresh, fading to greyish or greyish brown in preservation, dorsal fins often with dusky or black tips [20050].

Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf [20050], Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, China, Taiwan, Java and Sulawesi in Indonesia. This name has been used indiscriminately for the three species of hemigaleids in Indo-Pakistani waters other than Hemipristis elongatus.

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Viviparous (with a yolk-sac placenta), with 4 young in a litter [517]. Size at birth at least 20 cm [517]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. A common inshore and offshore shark found on the continental and insular shelves.Probably feeds on small fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans.

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 59 m [517]

shark-references Species-ID=1364;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)