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Lemon Shark

Negaprion brevirostris


Illustration of a lemon shark showing important characteristics
  • Snout bluntly rounded, shorter than width of mouth
  • Back is yellowish-green, brown or olive-gray, fading to a white belly
  • First and second dorsal fins are nearly equal in size
  • No interdorsal ridge

Similar Species: Bull shark, C. leucas (first and second dorsal fins are unequal in size); nurse shark, G. cirratum (has nasal barbels)

Size: Up to 10.5 feet 


Coastal waters, including nearshore and in estuaries 


Feeds on fishes, invertebrates, small sharks, rays and occasionally on sea birds; may enter freshwater

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

Prohibited from harvest in Florida state waters. 



Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles