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 Winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii)

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Winghead shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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.


Light brown upper body, white ventral surface.


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


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


Probably small fishes and invertebrates (cephalopods, crustaceans).


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


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

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Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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