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 Winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii)

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 Photo

Winghead shark
No image of Winghead shark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Bonnethead sharks (Sphyrnidae)
      Genus: Eusphyra (Eusphyra)


 Name

Scientific: Eusphyra blochii
German: Flügelkopf-Hammerhai
English: Winghead shark, Slender Hammerhead
French: Requin-marteau planeur
Spanish: Cornuda planeadora


 Appearance

Hammerhead shark with a huge hammer that is broad, wing-shaped, and nearly half of the shark"s total length. Nostrils greatly enlarged. Origin of first dorsal fin over midbase of pectoral fins. Upper precaudal pit is longitudinal and not crescentic.

 Coloration

Light brown upper body, white ventral surface.

 Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aden, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand. Western Pacific: Philippines, Indonesia, Australia.

 Biology

A little-known species, lives preferably in shallow waters over the continental and insular shelves.

 Feeding

Probably small fishes and invertebrates (cephalopods, crustaceans).

 Size

Maximum total length about 150 cm, average size between 120 cm and 140 cm.

 Reproduction

Viviparous, with yolksac-placenta (gives birth to live young). 6 to 11 pups per litter. Gestation period around 8 months.

 Similar Species

Unmistakable.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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