Bonnethead Shark (Safari Ltd – Wild Safari Sealife)

Started by brontodocus, September 10, 2016, 08:54:38 PM

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While the three large species of Hammerhead Sharks (Smooth, Scalloped, and Great Hammerhead) are quite well represented among toy figures, the smaller sphyrnids are a rare sight. There has been a Bonnethead resin model by Neko Works (a Japanese company) but I'm not aware of any previous toy figures representing this species. So here is a walk-around of the Safari Ltd Wild Safari Sealife Bonnethead Shark, Sphyrna tiburo (Linnaeus, 1758); item No. 200329, new for 2016. It's a precious little figure measuring 132 mm total length (TL) which would put its scale somewhere between 1:6 and 1:11 (Bonnetheads don't grow longer than 1.5 m). Quite oddly, the Bonnethead is the only known shark with a distinct sexual dimorphism other than size and presence or absence of claspers – males have a different shape of their enlarged head margins (the cephalofoil) than females in that the latter do not have the distinct bulge at the anterior margin. So even if the claspers are indistinctive on this figure it is apparently representing a male specimen. In contrast to the large hammerhead shark species which are threatened, the smaller Bonnethead is still quite abundant and considered "Least Concern" by IUCN.

Edit 2017-02-04: Fixed broken image urls.


Really beautiful. Is nice to see other species differents of S. mokarran and S. lewini  ^-^.
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