Lemon Shark

Negaprion brevirostris

Lemon Shark

Negaprion brevirostris
Near Threatened
Negaprion brevirostris

Characteristics and Behavior:

Lemon Sharks are medium-sized sharks known for their pale yellow to olive-green coloration, which resembles the vibrant hue of a lemon. They have a robust body, a broad, rounded snout, and two dorsal fins of nearly equal size. These sharks are highly social and often seen in groups, displaying inquisitive and non-aggressive behavior towards humans.



Fun Facts:

  1. Pioneering Research Subjects: Lemon Sharks have been the focus of numerous scientific studies, particularly regarding their behavior and sensory perception. They are known for their excellent navigational abilities.
  2. Non-aggressive Nature: Despite their imposing appearance, Lemon Sharks are typically considered non-aggressive and are often sought after by divers and researchers for close encounters.
  3. Economically Important: Lemon Sharks are of economic importance in the commercial and recreational fishing industries, particularly in Florida, where they are prized by anglers.

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Ba, A. (2020, September 4). The. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/39380/2915472

Florida Museum. (n.d.). Negaprion brevirostris. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/negaprion-brevirostris/#:%7E:text=Lemon%20sharks%20are%20one%20of,and%20225%20cm%20for%20males.

Oceana. (n.d.). Lemon Shark. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://oceana.org/marine-life/sharks-rays/lemon-shark

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