Grey Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer 1964

A Grey Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon oligolinx. Source: CSIRO National Fish Collection. License: CC BY Attribution

A small, slender whaler shark with a long narrowly-rounded snout, small labial furrows confined to the corners of the mouth, and 3-8 pores on either side of the mouth.

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Grey Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer 1964

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From near Darwin, Northern Territory, to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific from the Arabian Gulf to northern Australia, and possibly to southern Japan. An abundant inshore species across its range, although rare in Australian waters. 


Precaudal vertebrae 84-91. 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.


A small shark with females producing litters of 3-5 young, born at a length of 21-26 cm.

Species Citation

Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer 1964, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 115(3493): 621, figs 12-13, pl. 2C. Type locality: Gulf of Thailand.


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Australian Faunal Directory

Grey Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer 1964


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CAAB Code:37018037

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Inshore soft bottom

Max Size:70 cm TL

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