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:

Stout Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Apristurus | Species: Apristurus fedorovi | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

There is very little known about Stout Catsharks, though they are presumably endemic to Tohoku Slope, Japan in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. They are deep water creatures that have a depth range from 100 m to 1,500 m. Biology and… read more.

Straight-tooth weasel shark

Family: Hemigaleidae | Genus: Paragaleus | Species: Paragaleus tengi | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The Straight-tooth Weasel shark is a weasel shark of the family Hemigaleidae, found in the tropical western Pacific Ocean. It can reach a length of 88 cm. Biology and description: The Straight-tooth Weasel shark reaches about 92 cm in length,… read more.

Striped Smooth-hound

Striped Smooth-hound

Family: Triakidae | Genus: Mustelus | Species: Mustelus fasciatus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Critically Endangered

Mustelus fasciatus has two common names: Striped Dogfish and Striped Smooth-hound. They have a small range in the inner continental shelf of southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Biology and Behaviour: Striped smooth-hound sharks swim at… read more.



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

The swell shark is a species of catshark found in the Pacific, from California to Southern Mexico. There’s also a second population in Chile. Their name comes from their ability to inflate themselves to twice their body size by swallowing… read more.

Tiger Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Halaelurus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Tiger catsharks are found in the southern African continental shelf off South Africa and Mozambique. These sharks occur on or near the bottom from close inshore to 172 m. The individuals found offshore were mostly adults. Offshore records from the… read more.

Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

Family: Carcharhinidae | Genus: Carcharhinus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Near Threatened

Tiger sharks are large sharks that can grow to over 5 m in length. They vertical stripes along its body although these stripes fade as they grow older. They have a strong powerful sense of smell and sight. They swim… read more.

Variegated Catshark

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

The Variegated Catshark is a small catshark that can be found off the coast of Australia in the Eastern Indian Ocean at depths between 30 to 200 m.  Biology and Behaviour Variegated catsharks have an ornate colour pattern with multi-coloured… read more.

Velvet Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Parmaturus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The velvet catshark is a species of ground shark found off the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia. Only one specimen has been recovered, but like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two… read more.

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