Rhizoprionodon acutus (Milk shark)
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Rhizoprionodon acutus (Milk shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A small grey or grey-brown shark with a long
narrow snout, big eyes without notches, long labial furrows, small
smooth-edged or weakly serrated oblique-cusped teeth, small low 2nd
dorsal fin behind larger anal fin, and no interdorsal ridge.
Underside white, no fin markings.
Possibly to 1.8 m, but most
adults less than 1.1 m.
East coast off Natal and Mozambique;
eastern Atlantic, Indian Ocean and western Pacific.
inshore to outer shelf, shoreside to 200 m.
of the commonest inshore sharks in the eastern hemisphere tropics.
Bears 1 to 8 young. Feeds mostly on small pelagic and
bottom-dwelling bony fish, and also squid, octopuses, cuttlefish,
crabs, shrimp, and marine snails.
INTERACTION WITH HUMANS:
caught by shore and skiboat anglers off Natal.