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Sharks of Mississippi and Alabama

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Publication Number: P3715
View as PDF: P3715.pdf

Sharks are a critical part of healthy marine ecosystems. Mississippi and Alabama are home to an incredible diversity of sharks.

Below are 15 of the most common species in this region.

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Atlantic sharpnose shark

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

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Blacknose shark

Carcharhinus acronotus

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Blacktip shark

Carcharhinus limbatus

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Sandbar shark

Carcharhinus plumbeus

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Silky shark

Carcharhinus falciformis

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Dusky shark

Carcharhinus obscurus

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Bull shark

Carcharhinus leucas

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Shortfin mako

Isurus oxyrinchus

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Tiger shark

Galeocerdo cuvier

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Nurse shark

Ginglymostoma cirratum

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Gulper shark

Centrophorus granulosus

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Gulf smoothound

Mustelus sinusmexicanus

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Bonnethead

Sphyrna tiburo

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Scalloped hammerhead

Sphyrna lewini

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Great hammerhead

Sphyrna mokarran

Illustrations by Bryan Huerta

Publication 3715

MASGP-21-062

Department: Coastal Marine Extension Program, Coastal Research & Extension Center
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