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Heterodontus omanensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA CHONDRICHTHYES HETERODONTIFORMES HETERODONTIDAE

Scientific Name: Heterodontus omanensis
Species Authority: Baldwin, 2005
Common Name(s):
English Oman Bullhead Shark
French Requin Dormeur d’Oman
Spanish Dormilón de Omán

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-01
Assessor(s): Valenti, S.V.
Reviewer(s): Fowler, S.L. & Gibson, C.G. (Shark Red List Authority)
Justification:
The Oman Bullhead Shark (Heterodontus omanensis) is known only from central Oman. It was relatively recently described from three specimens collected at 72 m depth. It is a potential bycatch of demersal fisheries operating within its range, although no specific information is currently available. Insufficient information is available to make an assessment beyond Data Deficient at present and information is required on its biology, abundance and full range, capture in fisheries and population trends.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Western Indian Ocean: recorded from the Gulf of Masira, central Oman (Baldwin 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Oman
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found on the continental shelf, recorded at 72 m depth. Attains a maximum size of 61 cm total length (TL) (female) (Baldwin 2005).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Potential bycatch of demersal trawl fisheries, although no specific information is currently available on catches (Bonfil and Abdallah 2004).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place. Research is required on this species’ biology, abundance and full range, capture in fisheries and population trends.

Citation: Valenti, S.V. 2009. Heterodontus omanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 November 2014.
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