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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Heterodontiformes
Family: Heterodontidae Bullhead, horn, or Port Jackson sharks

Genus: Heterodontus

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Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 122 cm TL
Heterodontus francisci (Girard, 1855)

Photo by Photo by Gotshall, D.W.
 
Heterodontus francisci
[Horn shark]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 152 cm TL
Heterodontus galeatus (Günther, 1870)

Photo by Photo by Atkinson, W.
 
Heterodontus galeatus
[Crested hornshark]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Heterodontus japonicus Miklouho-Maclay & Macleay, 1884

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Heterodontus japonicus
[Japanese bullhead shark]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 170 cm TL
Heterodontus mexicanus Taylor & Castro-Aguirre, 1972

Photo by Photo by Swart, G.
 
Heterodontus mexicanus
[Mexican hornshark]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 61 cm TL
Heterodontus omanensis Baldwin, 2005

Photo by Photo by Khan, M.M.
 
Heterodontus omanensis
[Oman bullhead shark]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 165 cm TL
Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Meyer, 1793)

Photo by Photo by Atkinson, W.
 
Heterodontus portusjacksoni
[Port Jackson shark]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 107 cm SL
Heterodontus quoyi (Fréminville, 1840)

Photo by Photo by Murch, A.
 
Heterodontus quoyi
[Galapagos bullhead shark]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 83 cm TL
Heterodontus ramalheira (Smith, 1949)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Heterodontus ramalheira
[Whitespotted bullhead shark]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 125 cm TL
Heterodontus zebra (Gray, 1831)

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Heterodontus zebra
[Zebra bullhead shark]



9 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Heterodontus francisci Horn shark Eastern Pacific 122 TL 1855
Heterodontus galeatus Crested hornshark Western Pacific 152 TL 1870
Heterodontus japonicus Japanese bullhead shark Northwest Pacific 120 TL 1884
Heterodontus mexicanus Mexican hornshark Eastern Pacific 170 TL 1972
Heterodontus omanensis Oman bullhead shark Western Indian Ocean 61 TL 2005
Heterodontus portusjacksoni Port Jackson shark Western Pacific 165 TL 1793
Heterodontus quoyi Galapagos bullhead shark Eastern Pacific 107 SL 1840
Heterodontus ramalheira Whitespotted bullhead shark Western Indian Ocean 83 TL 1949
Heterodontus zebra Zebra bullhead shark Western Pacific 125 TL 1831



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