Bigeye Houndshark

The bigeye houndshark is a ground shark living in the western Indian Ocean.

Bigeye Houndshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Triakidae
Genus Iago
Scientific Name I. omanensis


On average, males are generally smaller than females. Female bigeye houndsharks are about 1.3 ft long, while males are about 0.98 ft long. This shark has small, blade-like teeth.

Bigeye houndsharks are uniformly greyish brown, though they are lighter ventrally. The margins of the dorsal fins are darker.

Where do they live

Map Of The Bigeye Houndshark’s Habitat

Bigeye houndshark Habitat Map

These sharks live in the Indian Ocean, with sightings in the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Oman, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Red Sea, and southwest India.

Its depth range is 361 to 3281 ft, where they live in warm waters.



Their diet consists of bony fish and cephalopods.


They are viviparous, giving live birth to a litter of 2-10 pups. After a gestation period of 10-12 months, the sharks are born.

At birth, the bigeye houndshark is 6.6 inches long.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classified this shark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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