Facts about Galapagos Bullhead Shark, "Scientific name for Galapagos Bullhead Shark is heterodontus quoyi". The Galapagos Bullhead Shark is a tropical and warm temperate species belonging to the family Heterodontidae. Because of its habitation and appearance, it also got the name Peruvian horn shark. According to research, the Galapagos Bullhead Shark has a rich historical background dating to the Jurassic period. In size, it grows up to a length of 3 1/2 feet (1.07 meters).
Physical Appearance of Galapagos Bullhead Shark
The Galapagos Bullhead Shark just as the name suggests has a large head with a snub snout. Its bizarre look is primarily attributed to its grayish brown skin which has a dark spotting. Its pectoral fins are relatively large and this further adds to their distinct looks and give them the unique ability to crawl along the ocean floor. Galapagos Bullhead Shark is closely related to the California Horn shark. To enable it deter predators, this species of shark has two small dorsal fins with a sharp spine.
Habitat of Galapagos Bullhead Shark
The Galapagos Bullhead Shark is found in the Pacific southeast and in regions near the equator from about 0 to 10 degrees south latitudes. Galapagos Islands where the Galapagos Bullhead Shark derive its name from, is also one of the areas where it can be spotted. It is generally sedentary and it is unlikely that you will find it roaming in different marine waters. The Peruvian coast also happens to be one of the areas where you can find the Galapagos Bullhead Sharks. Specifically this species prefers rocky areas and in coral reefs in depth of between 10 to 100 feet (3 and 30 meters).
Feeding Pattern of Galapagos Bullhead Shark
The Galapagos Bullhead Shark is nocturnal and it preys on shellfish, small invertebrates and crabs. The Galapagos Bullhead Sharks first crush the prey and then eat the soft flesh while regurgitating the hard and calcified shells.
Breeding of Galapagos Bullhead Shark
The Galapagos Bullhead Shark is an oviparous species that lays spiral-shaped eggs that are tough enough to protect the embryos. The shape of the eggs enables them to be safely wedged in rock crevices to survive the wrath of predators. On hatching, the young Galapagos Bullhead Sharks measure about 17 cm and they reach maturity at around 20 inches (51 cm).
"Scientific name for Shark Selachimorpha"
"Fear of Sharks Selachophobia" or "Galeophobia-is derived from the Greek words (galeos)".
The "scientific name for Galapagos Bullhead Shark Heterodontus quoyi".