Brazilian Sharpnose Shark

The Brazilian sharpnose shark is a requiem shark found in the Atlantic Ocean.

Brazilian Sharpnose Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Rhizoprionodon
Scientific Name R. lalandii


This shark is about 2.5 ft long.

Where do they live

Their range appears to be in the western Atlantic from Panama to southern Brazil and Uruguay. Countries where this shark has been seen, include Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Its depth range is between 9.8 and 230 ft, where they inhabit shallow coastal waters on sandy and muddy bottoms.



Brazil sharpnose sharks feed on shrimp, squid, and teleost fish. Research indicates that the shark swims to the demersal and pelagic zones to feed.


These sharks are viviparous, giving live birth to a litter of 1-4 pups. At birth, the baby sharks are about 13 inches.

Sexual maturity is observed in females when they are 1.73-2.16 ft long and in males when they are 1.67-1.9 ft long. These sharks live for about six years in tropical areas and eight years in subtropical areas.

Interactions with humans

Brazil sharpnose sharks are often sold dried and salted. In Colombia and Venezuela, this shark’s meat is quite popular and is used in a lot of traditional dishes.

Due to these sharks being at risk of overfishing in their home range, the IUCN lists them as “Vulnerable” or “VU”.

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