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Smooth Dogfish: Mustelus canis

Appearance:

Also known as dusky smooth-hound.

  • Grayish-brown color on top, fading to lighter below
  • Small, slender shark with two spineless dorsal fins, the second slightly smaller than the first
  • Spiracles present
  • Caudal fin lower lobe rounded and much shorter than upper lobe
  • Upper lobe of caudal fin with deep notch at end
  • Interdorsal ridge present

Similar Species: Spiny dogfish, S. acanthias (lacks anal fin and has one spine in front of each dorsal fin)  

Size: Up to 5 feet 

Habitat:

Found inshore in bays, nearshore and offshore near reefs and banks

Behavior:

Feed on the bottom, scavenging and preying upon large crustaceans

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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