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Spotted estuary smooth-hound

Spotted estuary smooth-hound
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Triakidae
Genus: Mustelus
Species: M. lenticulatus
Binomial name
Mustelus lenticulatus
Phillipps, 1932

The spotted estuary smooth-hound or rig (Mustelus lenticulatus) is a houndshark of the family Triakidae, found on the continental shelves and in estuaries around New Zealand. It is closely related to the gummy shark (Mustelus antarcticus) of Australia.[1] Males can grow up to a length of 125 cm, while females can reach a length of 151 cm.

It is commercially fished, and is commonly served in fish and chip shops in New Zealand under the name lemonfish.

References

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  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Mustelus lenticulatus in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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