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Nurse shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum)

 

Category: Fish

 

 

Nurse sharks are common, bottom dwelling sharks typically found in shallow, tropical and sub-tropical, in-shore waters. Its most common habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands, and sand-flats. They are nocturnal, solitary hunters but often congregate during the day in groups of up to 40 inactive individuals. Nurse sharks can be quite crafty hunters, remaining stationary until unwitting crustaceans take shelter underneath them and are then ambushed and eaten by the shark!

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Chondrichthyes
Order - Orectolobiformes
Family - Ginglymostomatidae
Genus - Ginglymostoma
Species - G. cirratum

 
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