Pacific Nurse Shark

About the Pacific Nurse Shark

The Ginglymostoma Unami, also known as the Pacific Nurse Shark, is a nurser shark that belongs to the Ginglymostomatidae family. This shark is found in the southeastern coast of Baja California, Mexico and Costa Rica including the Gulf of California.

There is not enough information regarding this shark. This species differs from the Nurse Shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) being both, the second dorsal fin and the beginning of the caudal lobe, shorter than the G. Cirratum. This new species also differs from others by the position of insertions of the first dorsal fin, and the in the form and number of keels on the dermal denticles. Also, their teeth morphology is different.

The maximum size recorded is of 207 cm TL for males.


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Scientific NameGinglymostoma Unami
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
SpeciesGinglymostoma Unami
Max Lenght207 cm
DistributionEastern Central Pacific