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Horn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, Heterodontidae
Code Number:
AACV01P03_14.4094
Title:
Horn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, Heterodontidae
While sleeker sharks rule the open waters, horn sharks hide out in the shadows of the seafloor. TheyÕre not graceful swimmers and don't move around like their streamlined kin, in fact, sometimes horn sharks use their strong pectoral fins to crawl along rocks. They first appeared nearly 140 million years ago.

Horn Sharks prefer shallow waters less than 40 feet deep. They hunt at night and feed by crushing small animals with flattened back teeth. Spots on its body provide camouflage for swimming in sandy areas. The horn shark's average length is just over three feet, and itÕs named for its large fin spines.

Diet: crustaceans, sea urchins, small fishes, molluscs
Size: to 1.2 meters (4 feet)Ê
Range: Central California to Baja California

Kingdom: Animalia
Kingdom: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Heterodontiformes
Family: Heterodontidae
Genus: Heterodontus
Species: Heterodontus francisci
(Girard, 1855)
Keywords:
Eyes, the Optical System, sight, vision, Seeing, Looking, Looks, Chondrichthyes, Cartilaginous Fishes, Vertebrates, Animals, Animalia, Chordata, Chordate, Predator, sealife, predation
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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