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).
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.
Prefers sandy and gravel bottoms and usually located near the bottom - at depths to 100m and found both inshore and offshore.
Primarily crustaceans (hermit crabs and squat lobsters).
British Isles to Iberian Peninsula including the Mediterranean waters.
This is the more common of the two species of Smooth Hound.
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