Atlantic sharpnose shark
The Atlantic sharpnose shark, Rhizoprionodon terraenovae, is a requiem shark of the family Carcharhinidae, found in the subtropical waters of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean between latitudes 43° N and 25° S,
Atlantic Sharpnose sharks are found in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean & Gulf of Mexico, and quit often found in the Caribbean sea. Atlantic Sharpnose sharks prefer warmer shallow waters across coasts to live in.
The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark's maximum species length is 3 ft in total length at roughly 2-4 years of age. Atlantic Sharpnose sharks may live to 6-10 years of age. They tend to mature around 2-3 years in age.
Females give live-birth to a litter of 3-8 pups after a gestation period of 10-11 months. The pups are usually born at between (6-7 inches) in total length. Females will often be found in the marine estuaries during the late spring months, but they breed mostly throughout the year. They tend to mature around 2-3 years of age.
These sharks are highly active swimmers and space is needed. Aquariums that are round or oval shaped are best suited for shark. These sharks may live up to 12 years in aquariums. Due to small size of active sharks they are very well suited in rather pond/tanks than your typical aquarium.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Rhizoprionodon terraenovae" in FishBase. May 2006 version.