Habitat and Ecology
Depth range (m): 374 - 374
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Recorded at 48 meters.
Habitat: demersal. An inshore tropical shark. Live-bearing, with 12 young in a litter. However, it is not known if a yolk-placenta is formed. Size at birth at least 20 to 22 cm (term fetuses).
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hemitriakis leucoperiptera
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The Whitefin Topeshark (Hemitriakis leucoperiptera) is a little-known inshore tropical shark found only in heavily fished and environmentally degraded Philippine coastal waters. Only two free-living specimens are known from an extremely restricted range. There are no confirmed records over the last 50 or more years, although a small number of Hemitriakis specimens have recently been collected under the auspices of the WWF Philippines chondrichthyan biodiversity programme. Their taxonomic status is currently being investigated.
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The whitefin topeshark, Hemitriakis leucoperiptera, is a houndshark of the family Triakidae, found only in the tropical waters of the Philippines between latitudes 20° N and 5° N. They inhabit the coastal areas. They can grow up to a length of 96 cm. Adolescent specimens have dark areas on the caudal fin. The reproduction of this shark is ovoviviparous.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Hemitriakis leucoperiptera" in FishBase. July 2006 version.
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