SILKY SHARK

Carcharhinus falciformis

SIZE

To about 11 ft (3.4 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

NY to southern Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Uncommon north of DE.

HABITAT

Offshore, over deepwater reefs and near continental and insular slopes, primarily surface waters; juveniles closer to shore.

SIMILAR SPECIES

Dusky shark has blunter snout, smaller eyes, second dorsal free tip length rarely more than twice fin height. Sandbar shark and bignose shark have higher first dorsal fins placed farther forward, closer to pectoral fins. Night shark has green eyes, longer snout, charecteristic teeth. Blacktip shark and spinner shark lack interdorsal ridges.

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)