Sicklefin Lemon Shark

Negaprion acutidens

Species name: Sicklefin Lemon Shark
Scientific name: Negaprion acutidens

 

Description: This species of shark has a lot of teeth with 13 to 16 rows on either side of both jaws. It has a wedge-shaped snout and short head, and is known for sticking to its territory rather than travelling far when hunting.

 

IUCN status: Vulnerable.

 

Key threat: Fishing, exploitation for meat, habitat destruction and polluted waters.

 

Where they’re found today: the Indo-Pacific region in the Red Sea and from South Africa to the Philippines, north to Vietnam, and south to Australia.

 

Abu Dhabi’s efforts: EAD published a report in 2017, which provides an overview of the conservation status of sharks, rays, and chimaeras in the Arabian Seas Region.  The study also identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the regional level, so that appropriate conservation action can be taken to improve their status.

 

Fun facts:

  1. The Sicklefin Lemon Shark’s many rows of teeth help it to break up bony fish – the species’ main source of food.
  2.  It can take decades before Sicklefin Lemon Sharks are ready to breed.