(Linnaeus, 1758); SPHYRNIDAE FAMILY; also called shovelhead, cação-chapéu, cação-martelo, cação-pata, cornudo de corona.
This abundant species occurs in the western Atlantic form North Carolina, USA (occasionally to Rhode Island) to southern Brazil, including Cuba and the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. In the Eastern Pacific, it is found from southern California to Ecuador. It occurs chiefly in shallow water, often in bays, estuaries and channels where it feeds largely on crabs, shrimps and small fish.
The bonnethead differs from all other hammerheads in having a shovel o...