Winghead Shark, Eusphyra blochii (Cuvier 1816)

Other Names: Slender Hammerhead

A juvenile Winghead Shark, Eusphyra blochii, caught in King Sound, Western Australia. Source: David Morgan / Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit, Murdoch University. License: All rights reserved


A hammerhead shark with a very wide, narrow wing-like head that has small bumps along the edges in front of the nostrils, short triangular-shaped pectoral fins and teeth with smooth edges.

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Winghead Shark, Eusphyra blochii (Cuvier 1816)

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Recorded in Australian waters from the Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, to Ingham, Queensland. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-West Pacific from the Arabian Gulf through south Asia, Indonesia and China to northern Australia. Inhabits shallow inshore and continental shelf waters, occasionally entering estuaries. 


Carnivore - feed on bony fishes, crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs.


Females produce litters each year of up to 11 young after an 8-11 month gestation period. The pups are born at about 45 cm TL, and mature at about 110 cm.


Fished throughout its range.

Species Citation

Zygaena blochii Cuvier, 1816, Règne Animal 2: 127 (based on figure in Bloch, 1785). Type locality: no locality specified.


Dianne J. Bray

Winghead Shark, Eusphyra blochii (Cuvier 1816)


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CAAB Code:37019003

Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:0-40 m

Fishing:Fished for their fins

Max Size:186 cm TL (perhaps to 300 cm TL)

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