Animal Species:Great Hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran (Rüppell, 1837)

The Great Hammerhead has a very tall first dorsal fin.

Standard Common Name

Great Hammerhead

Alternative Name/s

Hoe-head Shark

Identification

Its head width is less than 40% of the total length and the pelvic fins have concave posterior margins.

Size range

The species grows to 6 cm in length but rarely exceeds 4.5 m.

Distribution

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.

Sphyrna mokarran

Classification

Species:
mokarran
Genus:
Sphyrna
Family:
Sphyrnidae
Order:
Carcharhinidae
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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