LEMON SHARK

Negaprion brevirostris

SIZE

To about 10.5 ft (3.2 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

NJ to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Uncommon north of Cape Hatteras, NC.

HABITAT

Primarily coastal; common around coral keys, docks, bays, and estuaries; young frequent mangroves and grass flats.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Sand Tiger has flattened snout, narrrow, needlelike teeth with 1-2 small cusplets, first dorsal fin set farther back behind pectoral fins. Nurse shark has nasal barbels; lacks distinct lower lobe of caudal fin.

MORE INFORMATION

Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Text descriptions taken from Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)