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Pigeye Shark

Threat Level:  low

 

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  • PIGEYE SHARK

Scientific name........Carcharhinus Amboinensis

Family name..........Carcharhinidae

Common names.........Pigeye shark or Java shark

 

  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Pigeyed sharks are a large, stout-bodied shark with a massive thick head, very short, broad, blunt snout, and small eyes. Large angular pectorals, high erect triangular first dorsal ( over three times second dorsal height ), dorsals with short rear tips, no interdorsal ridge.

 

  • SIZE

There maximum length is approximately 9.2 feet, with an average size of about 6.5 to 8 feet. Size of pups at birth is about 2.4 feet long.

 

  • TEETH

They have large triangular saw-edged upper teeth.

 

  • COLOR

Pigeye sharks have a grayish body with white underbelly, fin tips dusky, but not strikingly marked.

 

  • FEEDING HABITS

These sharks feed on bottom fishes, crustaceans and molluscs.

 

  • HABITAT

Found in Indo-West Pacific: South Africa to Australia. East Atlantic: Nigeria. They occur in continental and insular shelves, inshore near surf line and along beaches, in depths from surface to 195.8 feet.

 

  • LIFE SPAN

No data found

 

  • REPRODUCTION

Apparently vivaparous ( gives birth to live young ), with yolksac placenta. Reproduction in this species has not been well studied.

 

  • SHARK ATTACKS

Potentially harmful, but no records of attacks.

 

  • POPULATION REPORT

No common? Shark fisheries intensifying in its range.

 

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