Brazilian sharpnose shark

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Brazilian sharpnose shark
Rhizoprionodon lalandii.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Rhizoprionodon
Species: R. lalandii
Binomial name
Rhizoprionodon lalandii
(J. P. Müller & Henle, 1839)

The Brazilian sharpnose shark, Rhizoprionodon lalandii, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae. It is found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean between latitudes 13° N and 33° S, at depths between 3 to 70 m; it has been recorded in the following countries Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. It can reach a length of 77 cm. It is considered Vulnerable in Brazil due to intensive fishing although it may actually classify at a higher level. The flesh is eaten for food but the fins are not used as they are too small. Other threats include water pollution from plastic litter and three specimens have been found with plastic collars on their head or gills. The shark feeds on teleostei and squid. Research showed the shark may be an important predator of demersal and pelagic prey".[1]

References[edit]

  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Rhizoprionodon lalandii" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Rosa, R.S., Gadig, O.B.F., Santos Motta, F. & Namora, R.C. 2004. Rhizoprionodon lalandii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 14 June 2015.