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Leptochariidae - Barbeled Houndshark



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Subphylum: Vertebrata
 Class: Chondrichthyes
 Order: Carcharhiniformes
 Family: Leptochariidae

There is one species in this family. The barbeled houndshark is a small shark 1.5-2.5 feet in length that is found in the coastal waters of the eastern Atlantic, from Mauritania south to Angola. It is a slender light gray to brown shark with two dorsal fins, oval eyes, and barbels on its nostrils. Barbels are fleshy feelers! The female gives birth to live young. The barbeled houndshark eats fish and crustaceans.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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Species Around the World

Barbeled Houndshark - Leptocharias smithii Near Threatened Africa atlantic Ocean More Info    

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Barbeled Houndshark - Leptocharias smithii profile Near Threatened Africa atlantic Ocean
The barbeled hound shark is found from Mauritania to Angola,
Source: Fish Base Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School