|Scientific Name:||Leptocharias smithii|
|Species Authority:||(Müller & Henle, 1839)|
Triaenodon smithii Müller & Henle, 1839
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Near Threatened ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Musick, J.A. & Fowler, S.L. (Shark Red List Authority)|
This assessment is based on the information published in the 2005 shark status survey (Fowler et al. 2005).
The Barbeled Houndshark (Leptocharias smithii) is relatively common, but it has a limited range in heavily fished tropical inshore coastal waters. The species is taken as utilised bycatch, but fisheries statistics are lacking.
|Range Description:||This shark occurs in the eastern Atlantic: Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Angola, possibly ranging north to Morocco and Mediterranean. Found inshore at depths of 5-75m (Compagno 1984b).|
Native:Angola (Angola); Congo; Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mauritania; Nigeria; Senegal
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – southeast
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|Habitat and Ecology:||No life history parameters are known for this live-bearing (placentally viviparous) species.|
|Major Threat(s):||This small, coastal and inshore benthic shark is or was moderately common but irregularly caught in heavily fished tropical inshore coastal waters of West Africa, and was formerly reported as being particularly common off Goree, Senegal and the Congo and Cuanza River mouths. It is probably of limited importance to intensive inshore artisanal and commercial fisheries in the West African area, where it is taken with hook-and-line, fixed bottom gillnets and by bottom¬trawlers. The bycatch may be discarded by some fisheries, but its flesh is utilised fresh, smoked, or dried-salted for human consumption and its skin is used for leather. No fisheries statistics are available for this species. Probably not taken for sport except incidentally.|
|Conservation Actions:||None in place.|
|Citation:||Compagno, L.J.V. 2005. Leptocharias smithii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 August 2014.|