Mustelus lenticulatus

Phillipps, 1932

Spotted estuary smooth-hound
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Triakidae

Reference of the original description
Phillipps, W.J. (1932)
Notes on new fishes from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology, 13(4), 226–234

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Cynias lenticulatus

Mustelus lenticulatus
Holotype: NMNZ: ?

Description :

Citation: Mustelus lenticulatus Phillipps, 1932: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Mustelus lenticulatus Phillipps, 1932, © FAO,
Common names
spa Musola manchada, fra \(T\) Emissole grivelée, eng Gummy shark, eng Rig, eng Smooth-hound, eng Spotted dogfish, eng Spotted estuary rig, eng Spotted estuary smooth hound, eng Spotted estuary smooth-hound, eng Spotted smoothhound

Short Description
Diagnosis after Compagno, 1984 [517]: Body fairly slender. Head short, prepectoral length 17 to 21% of total length; snout moderately long and bluntly angular in lateral view, preoral snout 5.9 to 7.3% of total length, preorbital snout 6.6 to 8.2% of total length; internarial space moderate, 2.4 to 2.9% of total length; eyes fairly large, eye length 1.8 to 3.2 times in preorbital snout and 2.4 to 4.4% of total length; interorbital space fairly broad, 4.1 to 5.2% of total length; mouth short, subequal to eye length and 2.6 to 3.5% of total length; upper labial furrows considerably longer than lowers, upper furrows 1.9 to 2.9% of total length; teeth molariform and asymmetric, with cusp reduced to a low point; condition of buccopharyngeal denticles unknown. Interdorsal space 18 to 24% of total length; trailing edges of dorsal fins denticulate, without bare ceratotrichia; first dorsal broadly triangular, with posteroventrally sloping posterior margin, its midbase closer to pelvic bases than to pectorals; pectoral fins fairly large and broad, length of anterior margins 12 to 16% of total length, width of posterior margin 8.7 to 17% of total length; pelvic fins moderately large, anterior margin length 7.2 to 8.7% of total length; anal height 2.7 to 4.3% of total length; anal-caudal space somewhat greater than second dorsal height, 6.5 to 8.7% of total length; ventral caudal lobe not strongly falcate in adults. Crowns of lateral trunk denticles lanceolate, with longitudinal ridges possibly extending their entire length. Skeleton not hypercalcified in adults; palatoquadrates not subdivided; monospondylous precaudal centra 35 to 41, diplospondylous precaudal centra 50 to 56, precaudal centra 87 to 95. Colour grey or grey-brown, above, light below, usually with numerous white spots but lacking dark spots or dark bars. Development ovoviviparous. Size large, adults 78 to 137 cm.

Southwest Pacific: Kermadec Islands (Ref. 8879) and New Zealand; reported from southern Australia (Ref. 9258). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. With 2 to 37 young born at 20-32 cm [578].

Size / Weight / Age
125 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9072)); 151 cm TL (female)

demersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 54100); marine; depth range 0 - 860 m [578]

shark-references Species-ID=3801;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)