Ginglymostoma cirratum, the nurse shark, resides in coastal waters in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. In the Pacific Ocean, nurse sharks are found in waters off. Ginglymostoma cirratum. These bottom dwelling sharks are usually yellowish-tan to dark brown and, as adults, average around to 8 feet. Reference for: Ginglymostoma cirratum. Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version ). Acquired: Notes: Reference for: Ginglymostoma cirratum.

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Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. However, some unprovoked attacks on swimmers and divers have been reported. Coral reefs are found in warm, shallow oceans with low nutrient availability.

In the waters gihglymostoma the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas archipelagos, the reproductive behavior of the nurse shark has been regularly observed and studied.

The second dorsal fin is slightly smaller than the first 4. Its copulatory behavior is among the best documented among sharks.

ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. The nurse shark has a wide but patchy geographical distribution along tropical and subtropical coastal waters of the Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, and Eastern Pacific.

Floral banded wobbegong O. Furgaleus Whiskery shark F. Some gonglymostoma have been reported in the Gulf of Gascogne in southwest France, as well. The effects gingglymostoma interactions with humans in coastal waters are unknown, but nursery areas are now limited to remote regions, suggesting an association. The following is a breakdown of stomach contents included in stomach sampling from Castro New Caledonia catshark A.


Smell is used for prey identification. Tawny nurse shark N. Carrier and Luerfound that growth rates in the population averaged By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Ginglymostoma cirratum is host to the following tapeworms: There is also no established expected age in the wild. Help Protect and Restore Ocean Life Help us protect and restore marine life by supporting our various online community-centered marine conservation projects that are effectively sharing the wonders of the ocean with millions each year around the world, raising a balanced awareness of the increasingly troubling and often very complex marine conservation issues that affect marine life and ourselves directly, providing support to marine conservation groups on the frontlines that are making real differences today, and the scientists, teachers and students involved in the marine life sciences.

Reproductive biology of elasmobranchs. Smallmouth velvet dogfish S. This electroreception is used for precise directional locating of prey or other creatures. Multisensory integration and behavioral plasticity in sharks from different ecological niches.

Masses recorded vary greatly with only the largest of the sexes being reported in literature. Nurse sharks are not generally aggressive and usually swim away when approached.

Nurse shark

Nurse sharks show a strong preference for certain resting sites and repeatedly return to the same caves and crevices following nocturnal activity. They are directly targeted in some fisheries and considered as bycatch in others.


The maximum recorded size of a nurse shark is cm Rosa et al. The skin is also used gingpymostoma leather. Great white shark C. Characterization of testicular morphology and serpmatogenesis in the nurse sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum Bonnaterre, It is also host to the roundworm Lockenloia sanguinis.

Nurse sharks are adapted to suction-feed within 3 cm of their mouth. Multiple paternity corratum the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum. Nurse sharks are occasionally prey for American alligators Alligator mississippiensis where they share the same habitat.

Nurse Sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum ~

Family Carcharhinidae Requiem sharks. This happens just prior to copulation. Adults are more wide-ranging, inhabiting deeper reefs, around bridges, rocky areas, and boulders.

The nurse shark has two rounded dorsal fins, rounded pectoral fins, an elongated caudal fin, and a broad head. Bluntnose sixgill shark H. Smalleye pygmy shark S.

Retrieved from ” https: Carey and Judge, ; Rosa, et al. In a tank experiment small nurse sharks, covered for just a few minutes became considerably lighter than individuals exposed to full sunlight Castro Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: