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Family: Sphyrnidae Hammerhead, bonnethead, or scoophead sharks



(See list of species below)



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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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