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Species: Odontaspis ferox, Bumpytail ragged-tooth shark, Ragged-tooth shark, Smalltooth sandtiger shark

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eyes moderate
D1 no light tip
C lower lobe well developed
teeth - 2-3 small points each side
2 rows large central teeth
A high, ~ D2

Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810)

Ragged-tooth shark, Smalltooth sandtiger shark, Bumpytail ragged-tooth shark

A robust body; head with long, bulbously conical snout; eyes moderately large, without nicitating eyelids; mouth relatively long, extending behind eyes; 5 gill slits, all before pectoral; teeth moderately large with prominent dagger-like middle point and 2-3 small points on either side, large central teeth in 2 rows; fins short, angular; first dorsal fin much nearer pectorals than pelvics; second dorsal fin ~3/4 size of first dorsal, its origin over or slightly behind pelvic insertion; anal fin deep, similar in size to second dorsal; tail fin asymmetrical with moderate subterminal notch and strong ventral lobe.

Medium grey on back, light grey below, tip of 1st dorsal fin not light; young with black tips on dorsal fins.

Size: reaches 450 cm.

Habitat: rocky shores.

Depth: 10-1200 m.

Circumglobal in mainly subtropical waters; North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico; Brazil.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Water column
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • No pelagic larva
  • Live birth
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 1200
Length Max
  • 450