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:

Western African catshark

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

The West African catshark is a species of ground shark found in eastern Atlantic at depths of 45-500m. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back…. read more.

Western Spotted Catshark

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

The Western Spotted Catshark is a species of catsharks member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found only around Southwestern Australia. This species is a medium-size pale shark, yellow and green colour with 8 to 9 pale brownish saddles on the upper… read more.

Whiskery Shark

Whiskery Shark

Family: Triakidae | Genus: Furgaleus | Species: Furgaleus macki | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Whiskery Sharks are endemic to southern and western Australia and northern Tasmania at depths of 220 m near the bottom of the sea floor. They favour rocky areas and kelp beds.   Biology and Behaviour: They are stout-bodied and almost… read more.

White Ghost Catshark

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

The White Ghost Catshark is a species of catshark member of the family Scyliorhinidae, found in deepwater in the northeast of the Atlantic Ocean. This catshark is relatively small and sluggish, with a slender, cylindrical body. There is not enough… read more.

White-bodied Catshark

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

The White-bodied Catshark is a catshark of the family Scyliorhinidae, found in the western Pacific. This species reaches a maximum size of 59.6 cm TL for males and 56.5 cm TL for females. Both sexes mature at about 40 to… read more.

White-clasper Catshark

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

The white-clasper catshark is a species of ground shark found in only northern New Caledonia at depths of 688–732m. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far… read more.

White-fin Swellshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Cephaloscyllium | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Near Threatened

The Whitefin Swellshark is a species of catshark, belonging to the family Scyliorhinidae, endemic go Southeastern Australia. Biology and Description: The Whitefin Swellshark is a stocky species measuring up to 1.1 m long. The head is short, wide and flattened… read more.

White-margin Fin Houndshark

White-margin Fin Houndshark

Family: Triakidae | Genus: Mustelus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The white-margin fin houndshark is a recently described shark found in the Gulf of California and possibly in the eastern Pacific at depths of 30 to 281 m. Biology and Behaviour They are a slender species with a dark grey-brown… read more.

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