Animal Species:Great Hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran (Rüppell, 1837)
The Great Hammerhead has a very tall first dorsal fin.
Its head width is less than 40% of the total length and the pelvic fins have concave posterior margins.
The species grows to 6 cm in length but rarely exceeds 4.5 m.
It occurs in tropical and warm temperate seas worldwide.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology