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Author: Risso, 1826

Mustelus punctulatus Risso, 1826

Diagnosis: snout gently rounded; inter-nostril distance 1.1-1.2 times nostril width; upper labial folds longer than lowers. Teeth asymmetrical, small accessory cusplet present in young. Dorsal fins with dark trailing edge, the ceratotrichia bare on margin and giving a frayed appearance; second dorsal fin similar to first, but smaller; pectoral fins broadly triangular; weak ridges extending less than halfway along denticles, which are much longer than wide. Colour: grey to brown above, with small dark blotches, white below; trailing edges of dorsal fins dark. Size: mature at 50-60 cm TL.

Habitat: coastal. Food: fishes and crabs. Reproduction: perhaps viviparous, young born at 30 cm TL.

Distribution: Morocco to southern Portugal and throughout Mediterranean. Elsewhere, southward to Spanish Sahara.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Quignard & Capape, 1972: 26 | Capapé, 1974a: 331.

Blackspotted smoothhound (Mustelus punctulatus)