Rhizoprionodon oligolinx   Springer,  1964 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: 70 cm TL (female); 21 to 26 cm (at birth)

Color: Uniform lead color in the dorsal side and diffued grey in the sides. Pale white in the ventral side. Fins with no distinctive marks. Upper caudal lobe with a dark distal margin.

First dorsal origin behind pectoral free rear tip. Second dorsal origin behind pelvic fin. Preanal ridges present, interdorsal ridge absent. No eye notches. No papillose gillrakers. No lateral keels in caudal peduncle. Precaudal pit transverse, present in upper and lower side. Hyomandibular pores present at each side, 9 in the right and 10 in the left side. No spiracle. First dorsal base 3.1 times the distance between pectoral and pelvic bases. Labial furrows developed, not restricted to mouth corners but only 0.8% of total length. Preanal snout 2.7% of total length. Teeth similar in both jaws.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, internal live bearers. Viviparous, placental. With 3 to 5 young per litter. Size at birth 20-30 cm TL. Distinct pairing with embrace.

Synonym (s)
Carcharhinus macloti (non Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Misapplied name)
Loxodon macrorhinus (non Muller & Henle, 1839)
(Misapplied name)
Rhizoprionodon acutus (non Ruppell, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Rhizoprionodon taylori (non Ogilby, 1915)
(Misapplied name)
Scoliodon laticaudus (non Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Misapplied name)
Carcharias acutus (nec Ruppell) Day, 1878
Rhizoprionodon (Protozygaena) oligolinx Springer, 1964
Scoliodon palasorrah (nec Cuvier) Misra, 1969
Rizoprionodon oligolinx Springer, 1964
Scoliodon palasorra (Bleeker, 1853)

Common Name (s)
• Grey Dog Shark (English)
• Moosi (Gujarati)
• Shivra (Kannada)
• Pal Sravu (Malayalam)
• Palsorrah (Malayalam)
• Purrooway Sorrah (Tamil)
• Pal Sorrah (Telugu)
• Sem Sorrah (Telugu)
• Grey Sharpnose Shark (English)
• Pearl Shark (Malayalam)
• Purooway Sorrah (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries. Utilized fresh and probably dried salted for human consumption. Also used for fishmeal and fins.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Exploited by inshore artisanal, subsistence and commercial fisheries through most of its range.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 2000-2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• SRI LANKA (Record: 10/1991-12/1993)
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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