Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark
Scientific name..........Odontaspis Ferox
Other common names.........Bumpytail ragged tooth Nurse shark
The Smalltooth sandtiger is a large, stocky shark with anal fin and
second dorsal fin smaller than the first dorsal fin. First dorsal
fin is closer to pectoral fins than pelvic fins, pectoral fins are
short, broad and paddle-like. Snout dorsally depressed, conical and
rather long, eyes fairly large. Caudal fin strongly asymmetric,
without lateral keels but upper pecaudal pit present.
These sharks can reach a maximum length of 11.8 feet, but generally
around 9.8 feet. Size at birth is approximately 3.4 feet. Males
mature at 9.0 feet and females at 11.2 feet.
They have protruding fang-like un-serrated teeth with two or more
pairs of very prominent lateral cusps, 3 to 5 rows of smaller
intermediate teeth between the anterior and lateral teeth of the
Dorsal color is mid-gray or gray-brown, ventral surfaces paler gray
or white with dusky blotching on ventral surfaces of pectoral and
pelvic fins, some fin apices dusky in juveniles but indistinct.
These sharks feed on small bony fishes, squid and shrimp.
They are an active offshore swimmer, reported alone and in small
groups near reefs and gullies.
May be world-wide in warm temperate and tropical deep water. Found
on or near bottom, continental and insular shelves and upper slopes
from 42 feet to 1,377.9, and possibly epipelagic, from 459.3 to
590.5 feet. Sometimes seen near coral reef dropoffs, rocky reefs and
Reproduction poorly known. Presumed viviparous, pups nourished by
oophagy. Litter size unknown.