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COMMON NAME:
Horn Shark

SPECIES NAME:

Heterodontus francisci

DESCRIPTION:

Short, blunt head with ridges over its eyes, two high dorsal fins with large spines, and a brown or gray coloration with many small dark spots.

HABITAT:

Coastal waters off the western coast of North America, from California to the Gulf of California.

FUN FACT:

The horn shark is a clumsy, sporadic swimmer that prefers to use its flexible, muscular pectoral fins to push itself along the bottom.

ON EXHIBIT:

Touch-a-Shark - Zone B

Mexican Horn Shark

The Mexican Horn Shark is a species of Bullhead Shark that can typically be found off the coastal waters off the western coast of North America, from California to the Gulf of California. The Mexican Horn Shark can be recognized by a short, blunt head with ridges over its eyes, two high dorsal fins with large spines, and a brown or gray coloration with many small dark spots.

This slow-moving, small species typically measures around 3 feet, and its typical diet consists of hard-shelled mollusks and crustaceans, while also feeding on a wide variety of other invertebrates and small bony fishes.

Did you know? At Adventure Aquarium, you actually have the chance to TOUCH this species in our Touch-a-Shark exhibit sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross.