Hemipristis elongata   (Klunzinger,  1871) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Color: Light grey or bronzy with no prominent markings.

A slender weasel shark with a long, broadly rounded snout, large curved, saw-edged teeth in the upper jaw, and hooked lower teeth protruding from mouth; gill slits long; fins strongly curved.


Synonym (s)
Carcharias ellioti Day, 1878
Dirrhizodon elongatus Klunzinger, 1871
Hemipristis elongatus (Klunzinger, 1871)
Hemipristis pingali Setna & Sarangdhar, 1946
Heterogaleus ghardaqensis Gohar & Mazhar, 1964
Paragaleus acutiventralis Chu, 1960

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries; Utilized fresh for human consumption, liver processed for vitamins, fins used in the oriental shark fin trade, and by-products processed into fishmeal.

Habitat:  Demersal, Coastal
Prey:  Sharks, rays and bony fishes; also cephalopods
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable


• Kerala, Kochi Fisheries Harbour INDIA (Record: 01/2008-06/2009)

Literature Source(s)
  • Akhilesh, KV; Ganga, U; Pillai, NGK; Vivekanandan, E; Bineesh, KK; Shanis, CPR and Hashim, M (2011) Deep-sea fishing for chondrichthyan resources and sustainability concerns-a case study from southwest coast of India Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences NISCAIR 40(3) 347-355 Available at - nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/.../1/IJMS%2040(3)%20347-355.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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