To about 4.5 ft (1.4 m).
- Snout with dusky blotch at tip: distinct and dark in juveniles, diffuse and dusky in adults
- Color yellowish-gray or brown-to-greenish-gray above, yellowish or paler underside
- First dorsal fin small, originating over or behind free tips of pectoral fins
- No interdorsal ridge
North Carolina to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Inshore coastal waters over sandy, shell, or coral bottoms.
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark has scattered white spots on back and sides; lacks dusky blotch at tip of snout. Finetooth shark has more pointed snout, longer gills, bluish-gray color; lacks dusky blotch at tip of snout.
Text descriptions taken from:
Guide to Sharks, Tunas, & Billfishes
of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico