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 Short-tail nurse shark (Ginglymostoma brevicaudatum)

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 Photo

Short-tail nurse shark
No image of Short-tail nurse shark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Nurse sharks (Ginglymostomatidae)
      Genus: Ginglymostoma (Ginglymostoma)


 Name

Scientific: Ginglymostoma brevicaudatum
German: Kurzschwanzammenhai
English: Short-tail nurse shark
French: Requin-nourrice a queue courte
Spanish: Gata nodriza


 Appearance

Typical nurse shark appearance, but very small. Broad and flattened head. Small spiracles behind the eyes. Very short barbels. Mouth well in front of the eyes. Cylindrical body, with two dorsal fins of nearly the same size. Anal fin of same size as dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over bases of pelvic fins. Origin of second dorsal fin over anal fin"s origin. Moderately large pectoral fins, broad.

 Coloration

Entire body is dark brown. No conspicuous markings.

 Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Tanzania, Kenya.

 Biology

A little known species of inshore waters. Lives preferably at the bottom of the continental and insular shelves. Seems to be common.

 Feeding

Feeds most likely on molluscs.

 Size

Compared to other "nurse sharks", it is very small, maximum size about 75 cm, average between 50 and 70 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, most likely aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous).

 Similar Species

Similar to Tawny nurse shark , which however is of much larger size, its pectoral fins are falcate, and dorsal fins pointed.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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