Heterodontus mexicanus Taylor & Castro-Aguirre, 1972
Mexican hornshark
photo by Swart, G.

Family:  Heterodontidae (Bullhead, horn, or Port Jackson sharks)
Max. size:  170 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Mexico and from Costa Rica to Colombia, probably Ecuador and Peru (Ref. 43278)
Biology:  Found on littoral continental waters, on rocky and sandy areas from close inshore down to at least 20 m depth. Reported to reach 165 cm (Ref. 37955). Feeds on crabs and demersal fishes including midshipman (Porichthtys) (Ref. 43278). Oviparous (Ref. 37955). Utilized as fishmeal.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 25.06.14
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.06.95

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