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Family: Sphyrnidae Hammerhead, bonnethead, or scoophead sharks



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Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 186 cm TL
Eusphyra blochii (Cuvier, 1816)

Photo by Photo by Harris, M.
 
Eusphyra blochii
[Winghead shark]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 92 cm TL
Sphyrna corona Springer, 1940

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Sphyrna corona
[Scalloped bonnethead]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Sphyrna couardi Cadenat, 1951

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Sphyrna couardi
[Whitefin hammerhead]
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Max. Length 50.6 cm OT

 
Sphyrna gilberti
[Carolina hammerhead]



Circumglobal in coastal w
Max. Length 430 cm TL
Sphyrna lewini (Griffith & Smith, 1834)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Sphyrna lewini
[Scalloped hammerhead]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Sphyrna media Springer, 1940

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Sphyrna media
[Scoophead]



Circumglobal in coastal w
Max. Length 610 cm TL
Sphyrna mokarran (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Sphyrna mokarran
[Great hammerhead]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Sphyrna tiburo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Sphyrna tiburo
[Bonnethead]



Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 148 cm TL
Sphyrna tudes (Valenciennes, 1822)

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Sphyrna tudes
[Smalleye hammerhead]



Widespread in temperate a
Max. Length 500 cm TL
Sphyrna zygaena (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Sphyrna zygaena
[Smooth hammerhead]



10 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Eusphyra blochii Winghead shark Indo-West Pacific 186 TL 1816
Sphyrna corona Scalloped bonnethead Eastern Pacific 92 TL 1940
Sphyrna couardi Whitefin hammerhead Eastern Atlantic 300 TL 1951
Sphyrna gilberti Carolina hammerhead Western Atlantic 50.6 OT 2013
Sphyrna lewini Scalloped hammerhead Circumglobal in coastal w 430 TL 1834
Sphyrna media Scoophead Western Atlantic 150 TL 1940
Sphyrna mokarran Great hammerhead Circumglobal in coastal w 610 TL 1837
Sphyrna tiburo Bonnethead Western Atlantic 150 TL 1758
Sphyrna tudes Smalleye hammerhead Southwest Atlantic 148 TL 1822
Sphyrna zygaena Smooth hammerhead Widespread in temperate a 500 TL 1758



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