Loxodon macrorhinus (Sliteye shark )
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Loxodon macrorhinus (Sliteye shark ) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A small, very slim, grey to brownish shark with
a long narrow snout, big eyes with rear notches, short labial
furrows, small smooth-edged oblique-cusped teeth, small low 2nd
dorsal fin behind larger anal fin, interdorsal ridge absent or
rudimentary. Underside white, fins with inconspicuous light rear
edges and black margin on 1st dorsal and caudal.
To 95 cm TL.
East coast, northern Natal and Mozambique; Indian Ocean and
Tropics, inshore in moderately shallow,
clear water at 7 to 80 m, near the bottom or surface.
2 to 4 young. Feeds mainly on small bony fish, shrimp, and
Caught by anglers.