Brown Smoothhound - Mustelus Henlei
While the range of the brown smoothhound extends from northern Oregon to
Peru, it is rare south of the Gulf of California and is considered common
only north of Monterey bay with historically abundant populations in San
Francisco, Tomales and Humbolt bays.
Brown smoothies or brownies look very similar to gray smooth hounds in
shape and build but are of a much darker reddish brown to blackish brown
coloration with a larger spiracle than the gray smoothy. Like the gray
smoothy, the brown smoothy inhabits shallow coastal waters, often foraging
just out side the breakers. It is common in tidal flats and around oyster
beds, where it feeds on crabs, shrimp, and small fishes.
Reproduction is viviparous. Maturity is reached at about 20" inches. Pups
are several inches long.