Hardnose Shark

About the Hardnose Shark

The hardnose shark is a species of requiem shark known for its heavily calcified cartilage in its snout. It is found in the Pacific from Japan to Australia and Papua New Guinea, and in the Indian Ocean from East Africa to Indonesia. It inhabits shallow warm waters.

A slender shark, the hardnose shark reaches a maximum length of 1.1 m. It is usually bronze or brown. It eats bony fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. They’re gregarious sharks and can form groups with other shark species.

This species gives birth to live young in litters of one or two pups after a twelve month gestation period.

The hardnose shark is caught for meat in most of its range. Due to their low reproduction rate it is considered Near-Threatened, but it populations continue to shrink they will become Vulnerable to extinction soon.

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Scientific Name Carcharhinus macloti
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size 1-2
Common Length 110 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range ? - 170 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, Northwest Pacific, Western Central Pacific