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Family: Carcharhinidae Requiem sharks



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59 species
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Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Carcharhinus acronotus (Poey, 1860)

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Carcharhinus acronotus
[Blacknose shark]

Photo by Honeycutt, K.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Carcharhinus albimarginatus (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Honeycutt, K.
 
Carcharhinus albimarginatus
[Silvertip shark]

Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP

Circumglobal, with patchy
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Carcharhinus altimus (Springer, 1950)

Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP
 
Carcharhinus altimus
[Bignose shark]

Photo by McAuley, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 167 cm TL
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides (Whitley, 1934)

Photo by McAuley, R.
 
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides
[Graceful shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific to Cent
Max. Length 255 cm TL
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos (Bleeker, 1856)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos
[Blacktail reef shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 280 cm TL
Carcharhinus amboinensis (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus amboinensis
[Pigeye shark]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Carcharhinus borneensis (Bleeker, 1858)

Photo by FAO
 
Carcharhinus borneensis
[Borneo shark]

Photo by Smith, B.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 325 cm TL
Carcharhinus brachyurus (Günther, 1870)

Photo by Smith, B.
 
Carcharhinus brachyurus
[Copper shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Atlantic, Mediterranean a
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Carcharhinus brevipinna (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus brevipinna
[Spinner shark]

Photo by McAuley, R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Carcharhinus cautus (Whitley, 1945)

Photo by McAuley, R.
 
Carcharhinus cautus
[Nervous shark]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 140 cm TL

 
Carcharhinus cerdale
[Pacific smalltail shark]
No picture found
East Indian to Western Pa
Max. Length 88 cm TL

 
Carcharhinus coatesi
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 121 cm TL
Carcharhinus dussumieri (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus dussumieri
[Whitecheek shark]

Photo by Furlan, B.

Circumtropical. Western
Max. Length 350 cm TL
Carcharhinus falciformis (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Furlan, B.
 
Carcharhinus falciformis
[Silky shark]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 135 cm TL
Carcharhinus fitzroyensis (Whitley, 1943)

Photo by FAO
 
Carcharhinus fitzroyensis
[Creek whaler]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Circumtropical with a pre
Max. Length 370 cm TL
Carcharhinus galapagensis (Snodgrass & Heller, 1905)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus galapagensis
[Galapagos shark]

Photo by Devarapalli, P.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Carcharhinus hemiodon (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Devarapalli, P.
 
Carcharhinus hemiodon
[Pondicherry shark]

Photo by Weigmann, S.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 84.4 cm TL
Carcharhinus humani White & Weigmann, 2014

Photo by Weigmann, S.
 
Carcharhinus humani
[Human’s whaler shark]

Photo by Christie, B.L.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 190 cm TL
Carcharhinus isodon (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Christie, B.L.
 
Carcharhinus isodon
[Finetooth shark]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 75 cm TL

 
Carcharhinus leiodon
[Smooth tooth blacktip shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Cosmopolitan in tropical
Max. Length 400 cm TL
Carcharhinus leucas (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus leucas
[Bull shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Cosmopolitan. Western At
Max. Length 275 cm TL
Carcharhinus limbatus (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus limbatus
[Blacktip shark]

Photo by Moldzio, S.

Circumglobal (tropical to
Max. Length 400 cm TL
Carcharhinus longimanus (Poey, 1861)

Photo by Moldzio, S.
 
Carcharhinus longimanus
[Oceanic whitetip shark]

Photo by Iranian Fisheries Research Organization (IFRO)

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 110 cm TL
Carcharhinus macloti (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Iranian Fisheries Research Organization (IFRO)
 
Carcharhinus macloti
[Hardnose shark]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific

 
Carcharhinus macrops
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus melanopterus
[Blacktip reef shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 420 cm TL
Carcharhinus obscurus (Lesueur, 1818)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus obscurus
[Dusky shark]

Photo by Minguell, C.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Carcharhinus perezi (Poey, 1876)

Photo by Minguell, C.
 
Carcharhinus perezi
[Caribbean reef shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 250 cm TL
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Nardo, 1827)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus plumbeus
[Sandbar shark]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Carcharhinus porosus (Ranzani, 1839)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Carcharhinus porosus
[Smalltail shark]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Carcharhinus sealei (Pietschmann, 1913)

Photo by FAO
 
Carcharhinus sealei
[Blackspot shark]

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 280 cm TL
Carcharhinus signatus (Poey, 1868)

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Carcharhinus signatus
[Night shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 160 cm TL
Carcharhinus sorrah (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Carcharhinus sorrah
[Spot-tail shark]

Photo by McAuley, R.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Carcharhinus tilstoni (Whitley, 1950)

Photo by McAuley, R.
 
Carcharhinus tilstoni
[Australian blacktip shark]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 93.7 cm TL

 
Carcharhinus tjutjot
[]

Photo by Béarez, P.

Circumglobal in tropical
Max. Length 750 cm TL
Galeocerdo cuvier (Péron & Lesueur, 1822)

Photo by Béarez, P.
 
Galeocerdo cuvier
[Tiger shark]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 77.8 cm TL

 
Glyphis fowlerae
[Borneo river shark]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 204 cm TL
Glyphis gangeticus (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by FAO
 
Glyphis gangeticus
[Ganges shark]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 251 cm TL

 
Glyphis garricki
[Northern river shark]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 175 cm TL
Glyphis glyphis (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by FAO
 
Glyphis glyphis
[Speartooth shark]

Photo by Krajangdara, T. & M. Sumontha

Eastern Indian Ocean

Glyphis siamensis (Steindachner, 1896)

Photo by Krajangdara, T. & M. Sumontha
 
Glyphis siamensis
[Irrawaddy river shark]

Photo by JAMARC

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 160 cm TL
Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by JAMARC
 
Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus
[Daggernose shark]

Photo by FAO

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 170 cm TL
Lamiopsis temminckii (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by FAO
 
Lamiopsis temminckii
[Broadfin shark]
No picture found
Indo-Western Pacific
Max. Length 128.2 cm TL

 
Lamiopsis tephrodes
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 98 cm TL
Loxodon macrorhinus Müller & Henle, 1839

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Loxodon macrorhinus
[Sliteye shark]

Photo by FAO

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Nasolamia velox (Gilbert, 1898)

Photo by FAO
 
Nasolamia velox
[Whitenose shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 380 cm TL
Negaprion acutidens (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Negaprion acutidens
[Sicklefin lemon shark]

Photo by JJPhoto

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 340 cm TL
Negaprion brevirostris (Poey, 1868)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Negaprion brevirostris
[Lemon shark]

Photo by De Maddalena, A.

Circumglobal in temperate
Max. Length 400 cm TL
Prionace glauca (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by De Maddalena, A.
 
Prionace glauca
[Blue shark]

Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 175 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon acutus (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP
 
Rhizoprionodon acutus
[Milk shark]

Photo by Vianna, M.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon lalandii (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Vianna, M.
 
Rhizoprionodon lalandii
[Brazilian sharpnose shark]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 154 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon longurio (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Rhizoprionodon longurio
[Pacific sharpnose shark]

Photo by Osmany, H.B.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer, 1964

Photo by Osmany, H.B.
 
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx
[Grey sharpnose shark]

Photo by Monzini, J.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 113 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Poey, 1861)

Photo by Monzini, J.
 
Rhizoprionodon porosus
[Caribbean sharpnose shark]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 69.1 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon taylori (Ogilby, 1915)

Photo by FAO
 
Rhizoprionodon taylori
[Australian sharpnose shark]

Photo by Flescher, D.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 110 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Richardson, 1836)

Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
[Atlantic sharpnose shark]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Scoliodon laticaudus Müller & Henle, 1838

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Scoliodon laticaudus
[Spadenose shark]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 70.7 cm TL

 
Scoliodon macrorhynchos
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 213 cm TL
Triaenodon obesus (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Triaenodon obesus
[Whitetip reef shark]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose shark Western Atlantic 200 TL 1860
Carcharhinus albimarginatus Silvertip shark Indo-Pacific 300 TL 1837
Carcharhinus altimus Bignose shark Circumglobal, with patchy 300 TL 1950
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides Graceful shark Indo-Pacific 167 TL 1934
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos Blacktail reef shark Indo-West Pacific to Cent 255 TL 1856
Carcharhinus amboinensis Pigeye shark Eastern Atlantic 280 TL 1839
Carcharhinus borneensis Borneo shark Western Pacific 70 TL 1858
Carcharhinus brachyurus Copper shark Western Atlantic 325 TL 1870
Carcharhinus brevipinna Spinner shark Atlantic, Mediterranean a 300 TL 1839
Carcharhinus cautus Nervous shark Western Pacific 150 TL 1945
Carcharhinus cerdale Pacific smalltail shark Eastern Pacific Ocean 140 TL 1898
Carcharhinus coatesi East Indian to Western Pa 88 TL 1939
Carcharhinus dussumieri Whitecheek shark Indian Ocean 121 TL 1839
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky shark Circumtropical. Western 350 TL 1839
Carcharhinus fitzroyensis Creek whaler Western Pacific 135 TL 1943
Carcharhinus galapagensis Galapagos shark Circumtropical with a pre 370 TL 1905
Carcharhinus hemiodon Pondicherry shark Indo-West Pacific 200 TL 1839
Carcharhinus humani Human’s whaler shark Western Indian Ocean 84.4 TL 2014
Carcharhinus isodon Finetooth shark Western Atlantic 190 TL 1839
Carcharhinus leiodon Smooth tooth blacktip shark Western Indian Ocean 75 TL 1985
Carcharhinus leucas Bull shark Cosmopolitan in tropical 400 TL 1839
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip shark Cosmopolitan. Western At 275 TL 1839
Carcharhinus longimanus Oceanic whitetip shark Circumglobal (tropical to 400 TL 1861
Carcharhinus macloti Hardnose shark Indo-West Pacific 110 TL 1839
Carcharhinus macrops Northwest Pacific 1983
Carcharhinus melanopterus Blacktip reef shark Indo-Pacific 200 TL 1824
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky shark Western Atlantic 420 TL 1818
Carcharhinus perezi Caribbean reef shark Western Atlantic 300 TL 1876
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar shark Western Atlantic 250 TL 1827
Carcharhinus porosus Smalltail shark Western Atlantic 150 TL 1839
Carcharhinus sealei Blackspot shark Indo-West Pacific 100 TL 1913
Carcharhinus signatus Night shark Western Atlantic 280 TL 1868
Carcharhinus sorrah Spot-tail shark Indo-West Pacific 160 TL 1839
Carcharhinus tilstoni Australian blacktip shark Indo-West Pacific 200 TL 1950
Carcharhinus tjutjot Western Pacific 93.7 TL 1852
Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger shark Circumglobal in tropical 750 TL 1822
Glyphis fowlerae Borneo river shark Asia 77.8 TL 2010
Glyphis gangeticus Ganges shark Indo-West Pacific 204 TL 1839
Glyphis garricki Northern river shark Indo-West Pacific 251 TL 2008
Glyphis glyphis Speartooth shark Western Pacific 175 TL 1839
Glyphis siamensis Irrawaddy river shark Eastern Indian Ocean 1896
Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus Daggernose shark Western Atlantic 160 TL 1839
Lamiopsis temminckii Broadfin shark Indian Ocean 170 TL 1839
Lamiopsis tephrodes Indo-Western Pacific 128.2 TL 1905
Loxodon macrorhinus Sliteye shark Indo-West Pacific 98 TL 1839
Nasolamia velox Whitenose shark Eastern Pacific 150 TL 1898
Negaprion acutidens Sicklefin lemon shark Indo-Pacific 380 TL 1837
Negaprion brevirostris Lemon shark Western Atlantic 340 TL 1868
Prionace glauca Blue shark Circumglobal in temperate 400 TL 1758
Rhizoprionodon acutus Milk shark Eastern Atlantic 175 TL 1837
Rhizoprionodon lalandii Brazilian sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 80 TL 1839
Rhizoprionodon longurio Pacific sharpnose shark Eastern Pacific 154 TL 1882
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Grey sharpnose shark Indo-West Pacific 70 TL 1964
Rhizoprionodon porosus Caribbean sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 113 TL 1861
Rhizoprionodon taylori Australian sharpnose shark Western Pacific 69.1 TL 1915
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 110 TL 1836
Scoliodon laticaudus Spadenose shark Indo-West Pacific 100 TL 1838
Scoliodon macrorhynchos Western Central Pacific 70.7 TL 1852
Triaenodon obesus Whitetip reef shark Indo-Pacific 213 TL 1837



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