Paragaleus pectoralis

(Garman, 1906)

Atlantic weasel shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Hemigaleidae

Reference of the original description
Garman, S. (1906)
New Plagiostoma. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 46(11), 203–208

Image of the original description
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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Hemigaleus pectoralis, Paragaleus gruveli

Paragaleus pectoralis
Holotype: MCZ: 847-S;
Paragaleus gruveli
Holotype: MNHN: 1938-0028 Paratype: MNHN: 1936-0033 MNHN: 1936-0032

Description :

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Common names
spa Marajo, spa Tiburón comadiza, spa Tiburón comadreja, fra \(T\) Milandre jaune, fra \(T\) Requin, eng Atlantic weasel shark, por Tubarão-doninha

Short Description
A slender weasel shark with a moderately long snout, large eyes, and a short, small mouth with small, serrated upper teeth and erect-cusped lower teeth [536]. Light grey or bronze with longitudinal yellow stripes, fins plain; white below [536].

Eastern Atlantic: Cape Verde and Mauritania to northern Namibia [517] [536]; possibly extending north to Morocco. Record from the Northwest Atlantic, specifically in New England, has not been verified even after an extensive survey of the area has been conducted. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Viviparous (with a yolk-sac placenta), with 1 to 4 young per litter. Size at birth about 47 cm [517]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
140 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

demersal; marine; depth range ? - 100 m [536], usually 30 - 70 m [20048]

shark-references Species-ID=4630;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Lernaeopoda musteli Thomson, 1889 [15303]