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Author: (Garman, 1906)

Paragaleus pectoralis (Garman, 1906)

Diagnosis: snout bluntly rounded to subtriangular. Teeth erect anteriorly, oblique posteriorly, smooth-edged, posterior teeth with cusplets on outer margin. Eyes slightly oval. Spiracle present behind and lateral to eye. Origin of first dorsal fin over free pectoral fin tip; second dorsal fin similar to first, but smaller; pectoral fins short, posterior margin deeply concave; pre-caudal pits present above and below. Colour: grey to bronze above, white below. Size: to 138 cm TL, mature at 80-90 cm TL.

Habitat: coastal species. Food: primarily fish. Reproduction: probably viviparous, number of young unknown, pups born at 35-45 cm TL.

Distribution: western equatorial Africa, but may stray north into Clofnam area.

Complementary iconography. Garman, 1913, pl. 4 (fig. 1-5); pl. 50 (fig. 9); pl. 52 (fig. 2); pl. 56 (fig. 4) | Budker, 1935a: 109, fig. | Bigelow & Schroeder, 1948, fig. 45-46 | Cadenat, 1950, fig. 12 | Poll, 1951, fig. 12-13, pl. I (fig. 4).

Atlantic weasel shark (Paragaleus pectoralis)