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This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each species’ habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.

Shark, Bonnethead
Sphyrna tiburo

Illustrations by: Duane Raver     Click image for large version.
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Family:  Hammerhead Sharks  (Sphyrnidae)
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Other Names :Hammerhead Shark, Bonnethead Shark
Range & Habitat :Gulfwide in shallow coastal and estuarine waters over sandy and muddy bottoms. Bonnethead sharks are common in depths between 30 and 70 feet deep, and occasionally to 260 feet. They are less common in the northern Gulf during the cooler months of the year.
Identification & Biology :The forward edge of the head of the bonnethead shark is strongly bow-shaped, almost shovel-shaped, without the indentation in the center edge found in the scalloped hammerhead. It feeds on shrimp, crabs, mollusks, and small fish. It often forms small schools and when migrating, schools of several hundred have been reported.
Size :Usually under 10 pounds, but can reach 20 pounds.
Food Value :Good. See ‘Nurse Shark’ entry for handling tips.
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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