General Description

Body very slender, streamlined; two widely-spaced dorsal fins, the second only slightly smaller than the first; teeth in jaws smooth and flattened, arranged in a pavement pattern. Upper surfaces grey, often with small white spots. To 1.8 m.


Gummy Sharks are more active at night than during the day. They are an important commercial species in southern waters and are sold as "flake". Numbers have declined due to overfishing. This harmless species has crushing teeth well-suited to a diet of shellfish.


Southern Australia.


Occasionally enters coastal bays and large estuaries, although prefers deeper offshore waters, to a depth of 300 m.

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