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The Smooth Hound (Mustelus mustelus) can grow to 135cm in Uk waters.

IdentificationEdit

Upper body grey to pale brown, going to off white on the underside. There are no white spots above the lateral line.
Smooth hound

Smooth Hound - Dave Park

BreedingEdit

Placentally viviparous (live bearing) Litter size between 4/15, although usually less than 15. At birth 30cm. Females mature at 80cm

HabitatEdit

Most commonly found in coastal shallow waters - depths to 150m, but also occasionally mid-water, open ground, not reefs.

FoodEdit

Crustaceans, (hermit crabs, shore and edible crabs plus squat lobsters) and occasionally rag worms.

RangeEdit

British Isles to Cape of Good Hope, includingthe Mediterranean - mainly coastal regions

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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