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Ginglymostoma cirratum

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broad flat round head
 
2 large Ds
 
brown
 

under snout: 2 large barbels
 
   

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Ginglymostoma cirratum (Bonnaterre, 1788)


Nurse shark


A large shark with a broad flattened rounded head; eyes small, oval; a pair of barbels below snout; grooves present between nostrils and mouth; mouth below, with multi-pointed teeth; 5 gill slits, last 2 close together and over pectoral;  two dorsal fins of similar size; tail fin moderately long, about one-third of TL, with almost no lower lobe.



Yellow brown to grey brown; young with small dark spots and obscure saddle markings on back.

Size: to ~ 300 (possibly 430) cm

Lives around reefs, mangroves, and sand flats

Depth range 0-130 m

From southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru, Malpelo; also on both sides of the Atlantic ocean.

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