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The Smooth Hound (Mustelus mustelus) can grow to 135cm in Uk waters.

Identification[]

Upper body grey to pale brown, going to off white on the underside. There are no white spots above the lateral line.

Smooth hound

Smooth Hound - Dave Park

Breeding[]

Placentally viviparous (live bearing) Litter size between 4/15, although usually less than 15. At birth 30cm. Females mature at 80cm

Habitat[]

Most commonly found in coastal shallow waters - depths to 150m, but also occasionally mid-water, open ground, not reefs.

Food[]

Crustaceans, (hermit crabs, shore and edible crabs plus squat lobsters) and occasionally rag worms.

Range[]

British Isles to Cape of Good Hope, includingthe Mediterranean - mainly coastal regions

References[]

The Aquarium Project

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