Haploblepharus fuscus

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A small stocky shark with a broad head, and very large nostrils. Its greatly expanded anterior nasal flaps reach its mouth, and its gill slits are on the upper sides of its body.

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COLOR

Brown color on top, sometimes with a slightly darker, obscure saddles or small white or black spots. White on white on the underside.

SIZE

Adolescents are usually between 1.6 and1.7 ft [50 and 54 cm] in length. Adult males are 1.8 to 2.3 ft [55 to 69 cm] in length, and females are 2 to 2.1 ft [60 to 63 cm]. Their maximum length is 2.3 ft [69 cm].

HABITAT

The shark prefers to be inshore on the continental shelf, often in shallow, sandy areas, or the rocky bottom from 0 to 114.8 ft [0 to 35 m].

DISTRIBUTION

Western Indian Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean, less than [1000 km] off of the coast of South Africa in the Western Atlantic Ocean.

BIOLOGY

Prey – Lobsters and bony fish.

Reproduction – Oviparous (lays pairs of eggs).

BEHAVIOR

When frightened or captured the shark curls up with its tail over its eyes.

STATUS

These sharks are considered a nuisance by fishers.