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Lemon shark

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The lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) is a species of shark from the family Carcharhinidae and is classified as a Vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.[3] Lemon sharks can grow to 3.4 metres (11 ft) in length. They are often found in shallow subtropical waters and are known to inhabit and return to specific nursery sites for breeding. Often feeding at night, these sharks use electroreceptors to find their main source of prey: fish. Lemon sharks enjoy the many benefits of group living such as enhanced communication, courtship, predatory behavior, and protection. This species of shark gives birth to live young, and the females are polyandrous and have a biennial reproductive cycle. Lemon sharks are not thought to be a large threat to humans; there have been 10 recorded bites, none of which were life-threatening. The lemon shark's life span is unknown, but the average shark is 25 to 30 years old.[4]

Quick facts: Lemon shark Temporal range 23–0 Ma Pre...
Lemon shark
Temporal range: 23–0 Ma Miocene-recent[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Negaprion
N. brevirostris
Binomial name
Negaprion brevirostris
(Poey, 1868)
Range of the lemon shark
  • Carcharias fronto Jordan & Gilbert, 1882
  • Hypoprion brevirostris Poey, 1868