SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD

Sphyrna lewini

SIZE

To about 12 ft (3.7 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

MA to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore, primarily in water >72F (22°C); coastal bays and surface waters to at least 900 ft (274 m).

SIMILAR SPECIES

Bonnethead has shovel-shaped head; growns to about 5 ft (1.5 m). Smooth Hammerhead lacks central indentation on anterior margin of head. Great Hammerhead attains larger maximum size (18.5 ft (5.6 m)); has very high first dorsal fin, pelvic fins with curved rear margins.

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)