Carcharhinus plumbeus

English: Thick Skinned Shark, Brown Shark
Spanish:  arenero

Sandbar sharks are one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark's snout. Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. Females can grow to 2/2.5 m, males up to 1.8 m. Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside.

The sandbar shark is a coastal-pelagic species that inhabits temperate and tropical waters. It is the most abundant species of large shark in the Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

 It is valuable to recreational fishermen as a game fish.


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