Family Sphyrnidae - Hammerhead, bonnethead, or scoophead sharks
  Order
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  Class
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Elasmobranchii
No. in FishBase
:
Genera : 2 | Species : 10 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : No | Brackish : Yes | Marine : Yes
  Division
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Marine
  Aquarium
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none
  First Fossil Record
:
upper   Cretaceous    
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
  Remark
:
Marine, coastal; occasionally in brackish water. Distribution: global (chiefly warm waters). Head laterally expanded, with eyes and nasal openings much wider set than in other sharks. The blades presumably server to increase the sharks' sensory capabilities. No spiracle. A maximum length of 4.5 m was reported for Sphyrna tudes. They feed on a wide variety of bony fish, elasmobranchs, cephalopods, crustaceans, and other prey. Young born fully developed. Potentially dangerous.
  Etymology
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Greek, sphyra = hammer. ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
:
bearers
  Typical activity level
:
active
  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Sphyrnidae as currently in FishBase

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In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 19-05-2014 (Ref. 95876).

The list ordered as follows:

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Sphyrna zygaena (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Squalus zygaena Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal1
! Sphyrna zigaena (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonymseniornew
! Spyrna zygaena (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonymseniornew
Squalus carolinensis Blainville, 1816
ambiguousquestionableoriginal1
Squalis pictus Blainville, 1816
ambiguousquestionableoriginal1
Zygaena malleus Valenciennes, 1822
synonymjuniororiginal1
Squalus malleus (Valenciennes, 1822)
synonymjuniornew
Zygaena vulgaris Cloquet, 1830
synonymjuniororiginal1
Zygaena subarcuata Storer, 1848
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna lewini (non Griffith & Smith, 1834)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna mokarran (non Rüppell, 1837)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna tiburo (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Squalus tiburo Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal1
Sphyrna tiburo tiburo (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonymseniornew
Sphyrna vespertina Springer, 1940
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna tudes (Valenciennes, 1822)
acceptedseniornew
Zygaena tudes Valenciennes, 1822
synonymseniororiginal1
! Sphyraena tudes (Valenciennes, 1822)
synonymseniornew
! Spyrna tudes (Valenciennes, 1822)
synonymseniornew
Sphyrna bigelowi Springer, 1944
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna lewini (Griffith & Smith, 1834)
acceptedseniornew
Zygaena lewini Griffith & Smith, 1834
synonymseniororiginal1
! Sphyrna leweni (Griffith & Smith, 1834)
synonymseniornew
Zygaena indica van Hasselt, 1823
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Zygaena erythraea Klunzinger, 1871
synonymjuniororiginal1
Cestracion oceanica Garman, 1913
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna diplana Springer, 1941
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna zygaena (non Linnaeus, 1758)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Zygaena malleus (non Shaw & Nodder, 1789)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna mokarran (non Rüppell, 1837)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna mokarran (Rüppell, 1837)
acceptedseniornew
Zygaena mokarran Rüppell, 1837
synonymseniororiginal1
! Sphyrna mokorran Rüppell, 1837
synonymseniororiginal
Zygaena dissimilis Murray, 1887
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna ligo Fraser-Brunner, 1950
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna zygaena (non Linnaeus, 1758)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna tudes (non Valenciennes, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Zygaena tudes (non Valenciennes, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna lewini (non Griffith & Smith, 1834)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna corona Springer, 1940
acceptedseniororiginal1
Sphyrna media Springer, 1940
acceptedseniororiginal1
Sphyrna nana Sadowsky, 1965
synonymjuniororiginal1
Sphyrna couardi Cadenat, 1951
acceptedseniororiginal1
Zygaena tudes (non Valenciennes, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Sphyrna gilberti Quattro, Driggers, Grady, Ulrich & Roberts, 2013
acceptedseniororiginal2
Eusphyra blochii (Cuvier, 1816)
acceptedseniornew
Zygaena blochii Cuvier, 1816
synonymseniororiginal1
Cestracion blochi (Cuvier, 1816)
synonymseniornew
Sphyrna blochii (Cuvier, 1816)
synonymseniornew
! Eusphyrna blochi (Cuvier, 1816)
synonymseniornew
! Eusphyrna blochii (Cuvier, 1816)
synonymseniornew
Zygaena latycephala van Hasselt, 1823
synonymjuniororiginal1
Zygaena laticeps Cantor, 1837
synonymjuniororiginal1
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