NURSE SHARK

Ginglymostoma cirratum

SIZE

To about 9 ft (2.7 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

RI to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Rare north of Cape Hatteras, NC.

HABITAT

Coastal; bottom dwelling; often in or close to coral reefs; young in very shallow water; adults in progressively deeper water.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Sand tiger and lemon shark have caudal fins with distinct lower lobe; lack nasal barbels.

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)