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Caribbean Sharpnose Shark


The Caribbean Sharpnose Shark is also known as Sharpnose shark
and Snook shark.





    Scientific Name.... Rhizoprionodon Porosus
    Family Name
    ...... Carcharhinidae


  • General Information: The Caribbean sharpnose shark like other Rhizoprionodon species, is a small, slender shark, with a long, parabolic snout, and relatively large eyes adjacent to the tip of the mouth. The first dorsal fin is much larger than the second, and the pectoral and small pelvic fins are short.


  • Size: The average size of these sharks are 34 inches and the maximum reported size is 43 inches. Pups measure about 12-14 inches in length.


  • Teeth: The caribbean sharpnose sharks teeth are triangular with smooth edged cusps, with a distinct notch along the outer margins. The teeth are similar in upper and lower jaws, numbering 12 teeth on either side of the symphysial tooth in the upper jaw and 12 teeth on each side of the lower jaw.


  • Color: The upper surface of the body is brown or grayish-brown in color, fading to a white underside. Occasionally, this shark will be marked with white spots along the flank region. The fins have either white or clear margins.


  • Feeding Habits: This species feeds on a variety of small fishes, and invertebrates such as snails, squid and shrimp. It is a common prey for larger sharks especially of the juveniles.


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  • Habitat | Migration | Distribution: Caribbean sharpnose sharks range in the western Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean region, including the Bahamas, south to Uruguay. They are common inhabitant of shallow inshore waters along continental and island shelves. It frequents sea-grass beds, coral reefs, and can tolerate the reduced salinity of estuaries. It is also reported to live in offshore waters to depths of 1,640 feet, although more commonly in depths less than 328 feet.


  • Life Span: Unknown.


  • Reproduction: The Caribbean sharpnose shark is viviparous with a yolksac placenta. Gestation takes about 10-11 months, with litters of 2-6 pups, about 1 inch in length, and are born in the spring or early summer.


  • Caribbean Sharpnose Shark Attacks: This shy, harmless shark usually avoids contact with humans, primarily due to its small size and preference for small prey items.


  • Population Report: Usually common.

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