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Tawny nurse shark

Nebrius ferrugineus


Tawny nurse shark is quite similar in appearance to the nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) of the Atlantic and East Pacific, from which it can be distinguished by its pointed-tipped dorsal fins and narrow, sickle-shaped pectoral fins. The maximum recorded length of the tawny nurse shark is 3.2 m.


It is found along coastlines in the Indo-Pacific. It prefers reefs, sandy flats, and seagrass beds from very shallow water to a depth of 70 m.


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the tawny nurse shark as Vulnerable, with subpopulations in several areas already diminished or extirpated.

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Marek Koszorek
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Marek Koszorek

จังหวัดพังงา, Thailand

Spotted on Dec 10, 2017
Submitted on Dec 10, 2017

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