Guide to Shark Identification

Order Heterodontiformes
Bullhead Sharks

Bullhead sharks typically inhabit rocky reefs and are restricted in range to the Pacific and Indian oceans.  All heterodontoids share the following characteristics:

More about Bullhead Sharks

 Family Heterodontidae Bullhead Sharks

Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci)

What to Look For:

Size:  average length 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimetres), maximum 4 feet (1.2 metres)

Habitat:  Intertidal, Sandy Plains, Rocky Reefs, Kelp Forests

Distribution:  Tropical Eastern Pacific, ?Chilean

Ecological profile of Horn Shark

Port Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni)

What to Look For:

Size:  average length 2 to 3 feet (60 to 100 centimetres), maximum 5.5 feet (1.4 metres)

Habitat: Intertidal, Sandy Plains, Rocky Reefs, Kelp Forests

Distribution:  Western Australian, Southeastern Australian/New Zealand, Northern Australian

Ecological profile of Port Jackson Shark

 

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Text and illustrations R. Aidan Martin
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