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Hemigaleus australiensis csiro-nfc.jpg
Australian weasel shark (Hemigaleus australiensis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Hemigaleidae
Genus: Hemigaleus
Bleeker, 1852

This genus is characterized by a rounded snout and short gill slits. The mouth is short and broadly arched; the teeth have very short cusps, without toothless spaces at the jaw midlines. The dorsal and pelvic fins, and the lower caudal lobe are strongly falchate. At one time or another, this genus has encompassed up to nine species, but most were eventually split off into other genera. [1]Neogaleus Whitley, 1931 is a junior synonym of this genus.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). Species of Hemigaleus in FishBase. August 2019 version.