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Carcharhiniformes  -  Carcharhinidae  -  Negaprion  -  Negaprion brevirostris

Negaprion brevirostris

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snout short, wide, round
2 large Ds

teeth narrow, smooth


Negaprion brevirostris (Poey, 1868)

Lemon shark

A large stocky shark; snout short and broad, somewhat rounded; eyes small, with lower eyelid;  no spiracle; lip furrows at corners of mouth; mouth arched, ends well past eye; upper and lower front teeth with a single narrowly triangular straight point, mainly smooth, large fish have serrations on bases of upper teeth; 5 gill slits, last 2 over pectoral; spiracles usually absent (occasionally with very small spiracles); no ridge on back between dorsal fins; origin of first dorsal fin behind rear margin of pectoral fins; second dorsal fin 80-100% size of first; pectoral fins broad and slightly curved; anal fin large, a little smaller than second dorsal, with strongly notched rear margin;  pit on top of tail base is longitudinal, straight; tail asymmetric, with well developed lower lobe.

Pale yellow brown on back and sides, yellowish or whitish below.

Attains about 340 cm; size at birth 60-65 cm.

A common inshore shark seen in a variety of habitats including rocky reefs, estuaries, and river mouths (may enter fresh water).

Depth: 0-90 m.

Tropical waters of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific (southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru.

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