Sphyrna couardi Cadenat, 1951
Whitefin hammerhead
Sphyrna couardi
photo by FAO

Family:  Sphyrnidae (Hammerhead, bonnethead, or scoophead sharks)
Max. size:  300 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Congo. Not in Compagno's 1999 checklist (Ref. 35766).
Biology:  A coastal-pelagic shark. Feeds on fishes, especially bony fishes, and also benthic and epibenthic cephalopods. Viviparous, with 24 to 28 young in a litter. Size at birth about 30 to 32 cm.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 23.09.97
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 12.04.94

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