- Atlantic sharpnose shark
name = Atlantic sharpnose shark
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status = LR/lc | status_system = IUCN2.3
phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "R. terraenovae"
binomial = "Rhizoprionodon terraenovae"
binomial_authority = (Richardson, 1836)The Atlantic sharpnose shark, "Rhizoprionodon terraenovae", is a
requiem sharkof the family Carcharhinidae, found in the subtropicalwaters of the western Atlantic Oceanbetween latitudes 43° N and 25° S, at depths of from 10 to 280 m. Its length is up to about 1.1 m.
The Atlantic sharpnose shark is a small, generally grey, streamlined shark, with a long pointed snout. The posterior margin of the
anal finis straight or slightly concave. The second dorsal finorigin is well behind the anal fin origin. It is abundant on the continental shelves, from the intertidal to deeper waters, and often occurs close to the surf zone off sandy beaches, and also enclosed bays, sounds, and harbours, in estuaries and river mouths. It feeds on small bony fishes, shrimps, crabs, segmented worms, molluscs and gastropods. It is viviparous, having 1 to 7 young in a litter, with the size at birth about 29 to 37 cm. It is utilized for human consumption.
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