Grey Sharpnose Shark

About the Grey Sharpnose Shark

The grey sharpnose shark is a small species ground shark found in the Indian Ocean and in the Western Pacific from Indonesia to Japan. Its diet consists mostly of crustaceans, fishes, and cephalopods. It’s utilized in most of its range for meat and fins.

Grey sharpnoses are a productive species, which helps their populations healthy despite intense fishing pressure. They give birth to live young, in litters of 3 to 5 pups. They’re born at about 23 cm, become mature at 40 cm, and can reach a maximum length of 70 cm. Females are able to reproduce once a year.

Because of their reproductive life history, grey sharpnose sharks are currently considered Least Concern.

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Scientific Name Rhizoprionodon oligolinx
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Size 3-5
Common Length 70.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 0 - 36 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, Northwest Pacific, Western Central Pacific