Scoop-head Hammerhead

About the Scoop-head Hammerhead

The Scoophead Hammerhead is a little known hammerhead that can be found in tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.

Biology and Behaviour

Scoopheads are the smaller species of the hammerheads reaching 150 cm long. They are distinguished by their broad, mallet shaped head. The front margin of their head is arched, they have a shorter snout with a broadly arched mouth and a deep concaved anal fin. They are grey-brown in colour and lighter below.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Scoophead hammerheads are viviparous. Females mature at around 100 cm long while males mature at a shorter length of 90 cm.   

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists scoophead hammerheads as data deficient because more information is needed to assess the extent of capture of this species and their biology, ecology and history.

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Scientific Name Sphyrna media
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Species Sphyrna media
Common Length 150 cm
Max Lenght150 cm
Depth Range 8 - ? m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic, Eastern Central Atlantic, Southeast Pacific