Ground Sharks – Carcharhiniformes

Shark Database | Ground Sharks – Carcharhiniformes

The Carcharhiniformes, also known as ground sharks, are the largest order of sharks. There are over 250 species in this order and include common sharks such as the @tiger shark, @blue shark, and the @giant hammerhead shark. They are characterized by having two dorsal fins, an anal fin, five gill slits, and a nictitating membrane to protect their eyes.

All Sharks In This Order:

Australian Blackspotted Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Aulohalaelurus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Australian Blackspotted Catshark is a species of catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae. It is endemic to Western Australia in the Eastern Indian Ocean. Biology and Description: This species is nocturnal but its biology is virtually unknown. It is oviparous… read more.

Australian Blacktip Shark

Family: Carcharhinidae | Genus: Carcharhinus | Species: Carcharhinus Tilstoni | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The Carcharhinus Tilstoni, also known as the Australian Blacktip Shark, is a species of requiem shark endemic to northern and eastern Australia. Biology and Description: The Australian Blacktip shark has a moderately robust body and a long, pointed snout. The… read more.

Australian Grey Smooth-hound

Australian Grey Smooth-hound

Family: Triakidae | Genus: Mustelus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

Australian Grey Smooth-hound, also known as the Grey Gummy Shark, is endemic to Australia in deep coastal waters in the eastern Indian Ocean and the western central Pacific Ocean at depths of 100 m to 300 m. Biology and Behaviour… read more.

Australian Marbled Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Atelomycterus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Australian Marbled Catshark is a species of catshark of the family  Scyliorhinidae, found in the eastern Indian Ocean, endemic to Western Australia. Biology and Description: There is very little information regarding this species’ biology. It is reported to attain… read more.

Australian Reticulate Swellshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Cephaloscyllium | Species: Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

Australian reticulate swellsharks can be found off the coast of northwestern Australia at depths of 290 to 420 m in the eastern Indian Ocean. Biology and Behaviour Australian reticulate swellsharks are small, but have a stocky build with a short,… read more.

Australian Sawtail Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Figaro | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Australian sawtail catshark is a small catshark endemic to coasts of southern and western Australia. It lives at depths of 100 to 800 m and is found at or near the bottom. These small sharks rarely grow to more… read more.

Australian Sharpnose Shark

Family: Carcharhinidae | Genus: Rhizoprionodon | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The  Australian Sharpnose shark is adundant in waters over soft bottomed habitats in northern Australia and in southern Papua New Guinea. The young are born at 25 cm and males mature at 55 cm and reach a maximum size of… read more.

Australian Spotted Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Asymbolus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Australian Spotted Catshark is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae, found only around Australia. Biology and Description: The Australian Spotted Catshark has a long and rounded body with a flattened head and pointed snout. Lateral gill slits and there… read more.

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