Bonnethead Shark
Sphyrna Tiburo
(Linnaeus, 1758)'
Range Western Atlantic Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Subclass Elasmobranchii
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Sphyrnidae
Genus Sphyrna
Species • S. tiburo
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Least Concern

The Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo) is a member of the Hammerhead family Sphyrnidae. It is not often known to attack unless extremely provoked, or feels threatened. It is used to eating small to medium fish, and can be identified by a round "hammerhead."

It has the occasional sighting in the shallows, and is often caught and falsely identified as a Scalloped or Great Hammerhead Shark.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated