Brazilian Sharpnose Shark

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About the Brazilian Sharpnose Shark

The Brazilian Sharpnose shark is widely distributed species found in the Atlantic coast of South America from Colombia to Brazil. It occurs in the continental shelf of at 3 to 70 m of depth.

The size at maturity varies from places to places. Brazilian coast shows females mature at 56 cm and males at 52. Their litter is usually 1 to 5 pups in size and size at birth is 33 to 34 cm. They feed mostly on small bony fishes and squid and shrimps to a lesser degree.

It is quite common in these waters but the population trends are unknown because of lack of proper record-keeping. It therefore falls under the category of Data Deficient, but it is suspected to be threatened in some areas of of its range, such as northern Brazil, where it used to be one of the abundant fishes in coastal fisheries but nowadays it is rarely seen. 

The flesh of Brazilian Sharpnose sharks is used for mear but not fished for fins due to their small size.

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Scientific Name Rhizoprionodon lalandii
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size 1-5
Common Length 80.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 3-7 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic