SAND TIGER SHARK

Carcharias taurus

SIZE

To about 10.5 ft (3.2 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Gulf of Maine to FL, including Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, and Bermuda.

HABITAT

Coastal; surf zone and shallow bays to outer shelves; generally bottom dwelling.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Lemon shark has teeth without cusps; first dorsal fin farther forward, closer to pectoral fins than pelvic 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)