Atlantic Sharpnose Shark: Rhizoprionodon terraenovae


  • The snout is flattened and long
  • White trailing edge of pectoral
  • Dorsal and caudal fins are black-edged, especially when young
  • May have small whitish spots on sides
  • Furrows in lips at the corners of the mouth
  • Outer margin of teeth are notched
  • Second dorsal fin originates over middle of anal fin
  • Slender bodies are brown to olive-gray in color with a white underside


Inshore species, even found in surf.  These sharks are also common in bays and estuaries.  Adults occur offshore.


mature adults between 2 and 2.75 feet long; 4-7 newborns range from 9 to 14 inches in length; adults feed on small fish and crustaceans.

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This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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