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Atlantic sharpnose shark (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Biological Profile


Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
illustration ©FAO courtesy Species Identification and Biodata



Distinguishing Characteristics
1. Dorsal surface has white spots in adults, the dorsal and caudal fins are edged in black on juveniles

2. Second dorsal fin originates over or behind midpoint of anal fin



Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Specimen
© George Burgess


Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Specimen - Head
© George Burgess


Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Specimen - Ventral view of head
© George Burgess


Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Specimen - Fin placement
© George Burgess


Atlantic sharpnose shark
Atlantic sharpnose shark
(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)
Underwater
© Doug Perrine