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Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae


Illustration of an Atlantic sharpnose shark showing important characteristics
  • Body is slender, brown to olive-gray on back, fading to a whitish belly
  • Snout is long and sharply rounded
  • Very long upper labial furrow (groove around the lips)
  • Dorsal and caudal fins with black edges, especially in juveniles
  • First dorsal fin starts well behind pectoral fin
  • Second dorsal fin starts over the middle of the anal fin
  • Adults may have small white spots on sides
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Blacknose shark, C. acronotus (has dark snout tip) 

Size: Up to 4 feet 


Coastal waters; can be found near the surf zone; common in bays and estuaries.

Adults also found offshore.


Adults mature between 2 and 2.75 feet long. Feeds on small fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles