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Starry Smooth Hound

Starry Smooth Hound (Solent)

The Starry Smooth Hound (Mustelus asterias), matures at about 125cm.

IdentificationEdit

Upper body pale brown to grey with numerous white spots above the lateral line which is the distinguishing feature from the Common Smooth Hound (Mustelus mustelus - no spots).

BreedingEdit

Aplacentally viviparous (live bearing). Litter size between 7/15 pups, which are 20cm at birth. Females mature at 85cm when approximately 2-3 years old.

HabitatEdit

Prefers sandy and gravel bottoms and usually located near the bottom - at depths to 100m and found both inshore and offshore.

FoodEdit

Primarily crustaceans (hermit crabs and squat lobsters).

RangeEdit

British Isles to Iberian Peninsula including the Mediterranean waters.

Additional NotesEdit

This is the more common of the two species of Smooth Hound.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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