Pacific Spadenose Shark

About the Pacific Spadenose Shark

The Pacific Spadenose Shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae. It was once regarded as conspecific to the Spadenose shark.

Biology and description:

This small Carcharhinid species is distinguished by the following set of characters: snout long and extremely flattened; slender body and tail. It has smoothly edged teeth with slender, strongly oblique, blade-like cusps and no cusplets; total tooth row counts 25-28 upper side and 23-28 in the lower side. Second dorsal fin originates posterior to the anal fin, the first dorsal fin is small, broadly triangular and originates behind the pectoral fins. Its colour is greenish -bronze dorsally, off-white centrally when fresh. There is no information about its life cycle and mating behaviour.


Occurs in shallow, inshore waters, most abundant near large freshwater outflows. Its distribution is mainly in the Western Central Pacific from West Indonesia, Malaysia, Gulf of Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.


There is no information about its conservation.

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Scientific NameScoliodon macrorhynchos
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
SpeciesScoliodon macrorhynchos
Common Length63.6 - 70.7 cm
Max LenghtNA
DistributionWestern Central Pacific