Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855
Leopard shark
Triakis semifasciata
photo by Moreau, J.

 Family:  Triakidae (Houndsharks), subfamily: Triakinae
 Max. size:  198 cm TL (male/unsexed); 180 cm TL (female); max.weight: 18 kg; max. reported age: 30 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 156 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Oregon, USA to the Gulf of California.
 Biology:  Found in shallow water from the intertidal to deeper waters, most commonly in enclosed muddy bays; including estuaries and lagoons (S. Wilson, pers. comm.). Prefer sandy areas, mud flats, and bottoms strewn with rocks near rocky reefs and kelp beds. Feed mainly on crabs, shrimps, bony fish, fish eggs, clam necks and innkeeper worms among a large variety of food in its diet. Form mixed schools. Ovoviviparous (aplacental), with 4 to 29 young in a litter. Utilized fresh or frozen for human consumption.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 04.08.14
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 08.06.95

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