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Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark
Scientific Name:
Odontaspis ferox
Family Name:
289 kg
mid-grey or grey-brown
small bony fishes, squid and shrimps.
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Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark

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Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark Description
  A large, stocky shark with anal fin and second dorsal fin conspicuously smaller than the first dorsal fin; 1st dorsal mid-placed on back and closer to pectoral fins than pelvic fins; pectoral fins short, broad and paddle-like.

Origin of second dorsal over posterior ends of pelvic fin bases, Snout dorsally depressed, conical and rather long; eyes fairly large, mainly black in colour, non-feline in appearance and without nictitating eyelids.

Mouth extending posterior to eyes; protruding, fang-like unserrated teeth with two or more pairs of very prominent lateral cusps; 3 to 5 rows of smaller intermediate teeth between the anterior ad lateral teeth of the upper-jaw.

Caudal fin strongly asymmetric, without lateral keels but upper precaudal pit present. Dorsal colour mid-grey or grey-brown, sometimes with ochre spots on the dorsum and flanks; ventral surfaces paler grey or white with dusky blotching on ventral surfaces of pectoral and pelvic fins; some fin apices dusky in juveniles but indistinct.

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