Habitat and Ecology
From 20 to 250 meters.
Habitat: demersal. Found inshore and offshore on continental waters. Sometimes seen on coral reefs. Feeds on small bottom fish, molluscs, and crustaceans. Viviparous, with 6 to 10 young in a litter; born at 26-28 cm (Ref. 5485). Readily lives in captivity.
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Mustelus mosis
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Mustelus mosis
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 17
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The species may also be adversely affected by habitat degradation from dynamiting reefs, tourism and increased siltation of marine areas (Fowler et al. 2005).
An assessment of catches and current abundance of this species throughout its range is required to determine its threat status.
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The Arabian smooth-hound (Mustelus mosis) is a houndshark of the family Triakidae. It is found on the continental shelves of the tropical western Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka, between latitudes 30° N and 7° N, at depths between 20 and 250 m. It can reach a length of 1.5 m.
- Valenti, S.V. (2009). "Mustelus mosis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Mustelus mosis" in FishBase. July 2006 version.