Australian Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon taylori (Ogilby 1915)

Other Names: Taylors Shark

An Australian Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon taylori. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

A small, slender whaler shark with a long narrowly-rounded snout, short labial furrows confined to the corners of the mouth, and 7-11 pores on either side of the mouth.

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Australian Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon taylori (Ogilby 1915)

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Carnarvon, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in southern Papua New Guinea. An inshore species found in soft bottom habitats. 


Precaudal vertebrae 73-81. Snout long with a narrowly-rounded tip, small labial furrows confined to the corners of the mouth, and 7-11 pores on either side of the mouth; eye relatively large; interdorsal ridge occasionally present; origin of second dorsal fin behind origin of anal fin. Jaw teeth deeply notched, oblique and narrowly triangular with smooth edges.


Feeds on bony fishes, crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs.


Small numbers are taken as bycatch in inshore fisheries.

Species Citation

Physodon taylori Ogilby 1915, Mem. Qld Mus. 3: 117.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Australian Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon taylori (Ogilby 1915)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37018024

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:to 100 m

Habitat:Inshore soft bottom

Max Size:67 cm TL

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