Carcharhinus acronotus (Poey, 1860)
Blacknose shark
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Carcharhinidae (Requiem sharks)
Max. size:  200 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 19 kg; max. reported age: 6 years
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 9 - 64 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to southern Brazil and Uruguay (Ref. 58839), including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Found on continental and insular shelves, mainly over sandy, shell, and coral bottoms. Feeds on small fishes, including pinfish (Sparidae) and porcupine fish. Preyed on by larger sharks. Viviparous (with a yolk-sac placenta), with 3 to 6 young per litter. Performs a 'hunch' display, with back arched, caudal lowered and head raised, as a possible threat display when confronted by divers. Utilized dried salted for human consumption. Minimum depth from Ref. 055176.
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 01 December 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 22.06.16
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.03.94

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