Galapagos Bullhead Shark

About the Galapagos Bullhead Shark

The Galapagos Bullhead Shark, also known as the Peruvian Horn shark, is a primarily nocturnal, tropical shark endemic to the coast Peru and the Galapagos Islands in the Southeast Pacific.

This shark reaches a maximum size of 105 cm, they are oviparous, but little is known of their biology.

The Bullhead is associated with cold waters and where upwelling is strong. They are usually sighted around rocky and coral reefs. It primarily feeds on crabs. Males can reach a size of approximately 48cm and newly hatched males is approximately 17cm.

The reproduction of this bullhead shark is oviparous.

This species is not of interest in commercial fisheries but is presumably taken as bycatch by inshore fisheries in its know range. There is little information available on population structure. More research on this species is required to accurately assess its conservation status.  

Do you have images or videos of Galapagos Bullhead Sharks?
Submit them to [email protected].

Scientific NameHeterodontus Quoyi
OrderBullhead Sharks - Heterodontiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size1
SpeciesHeterodontus Quoyi
Max Lenght107 cm
Depth Range3 - 40 m
DistributionEastern Central Pacific