Carcharhinus acronotus

(POEY, 1860)

Blacknose shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
POEY, F. (1858)
Memorias sobra la historia natural de la Isla de Cuba, acompañadas de sumarios Latinos y extractos en Francés. Tomo 2. La Habana. Vluda de Barcina, Havana, 2: 1-442, pls 1-19

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Carcharhinus acronotus (POEY, 1860)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharinus acronotus, Platypodon acronotus, Prionodon cucuri, Squalus acronotus

Carcharhinus acronotus


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Common names
spa Cazon amarillo, spa Cazón, spa Sarda, spa Tiburon amarillo, spa Tiburón cangüay, spa Tiburón hocico negro, spa Tiburón limón, spa Tiburón tollo, spa Tollo, fra \(T\) Requin nez noir, eng Blacknose shark, por Cação, por Cação-lombo-preto, por Corta-garoupa, por Lombo-preto

Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA to southern Brazil and Uruguay [5839], including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Viviparous, placental [733], with 3 to 6 young per litter [517]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Found on continental and insular shelves, mainly over sandy, shell, and coral bottoms. Feeds on small fishes, including pinfish (Sparidae) and porcupine fish. Preyed on by larger sharks.

Size / Weight / Age
200 cm TL (male/unsexed; [517]); max. published weight: 18.9 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 6 years [5105]

reef-associated; marine, usually 9 - ? m (Ref. 55176)

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Triloculatum jodyi CAIRA & JENSEN, 2009 [7582]
  • Triloculatum triloculatum (LINTON, 1901) [7620] [7582]

  • Eudactylina dollfusi BRIAN, 1924 [16589]
  • Kroyeria sphyrnae RANGNEKAR, 1957 [16589]
  • Nemesis atlantica WILSON, 1922 [16589]
  • Nesippus orientalis HELLER, 1868 [16589]
  • Pandarus sinuatus SAY, 1818 [16589]
  • Perissopus dentatus STEENSTRUP & LÜTKEN, 1861 [16589]