SPINNER SHARK

Carcharhinus brevipinna

SIZE

To about 9 ft (2.7 m).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

VA to FL, including Gulf of Mexico; possibly into Caribbean.

HABITAT

Coastal and offshore. Common in shallow waters <100 ft (30 m).

SIMILAR SPECIES

Blacktip shark, most difficult to distinguish, has all black-tipped fins except for white anal fin. Finetooth shark has unmarked fins, shorter snout, longer gills. Sandbar shark, dusky shark, night shark, and silky shark have interdorsal ridges.

MORE INFORMATION

Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History

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
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(File Modified Sep. 13 2011)