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To about 6 ft (1.8 m).
- Snout pointed, shorter than width of mouth; gill slits long
- Fins unmarked, pectoral fin undersides pure white
- First dorsal fin originating behind insertion of pectoral fins along inner margin
- Color bluish-gray above, white below
- Teeth slender, erect, smooth or irregularly serrated; similar in both jaws
- No interdorsal ridge
New York to Florida, including Gulf of Mexico and Cuba. Rare north of North Carolina.
Coastal; inshore shallow waters <20 ft (6 m).
Atlantic sharpnose shark has white spots on back and sides, second dorsal fin originating over or behind middle of anal fins. Blacktip shark and spinner shark have black-tipped fins. Blacknose shark has dusky blotch on tip of snout, yellow-green color.
Text descriptions taken from:
Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes
of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico