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:

White-saddled Catshark

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

The White-saddled catshark is a species of ground shark found in the western Atlantic off the coast of Honduras, Panama and Colombia. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal… read more.

White-Spotted Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Holohalaelurus | Species: Holohalaelurus Punctatus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Endangered

The Holohalaelurus Punctatus, also known as the African Spotted Catshark and White-Spotter Catshark,  is an endemic species of the southwestern Indian Ocean. This shark belongs to the Scyliorhinidae family. Biology: This species is broad-headed, dwarf, catshark with small dark brown… read more.

White-spotted Smooth-hound

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

The whitespot smoothhound is endemic to southern African waters. They are active offshore only and caught from the intertidal to 611 m. Whitespots are found in shallow subtidal sandy beaches and reefs. It feeds on octopus, crustaceans and bony fish…. read more.

White-tip Catshark

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

The Whitetip catshark is a species of ground shark found only in New Caledonia. Like all members of the catshark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal and… read more.

White-tip Reef Shark

White-tip Reef Shark

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

The Whitetip Reef Shark is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, and the only member of its genus (Triaenodon).  One of the most common sharks found on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Biology and description: A relatively small species,… read more.

Whitecheek Shark

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

Commonly known as the Whitecheek shark or wide-mouth blackspot shark, is a requiem shark of the Carcharhinidae family, found in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. Biology and Description: The Whitecheek Shark has a slender body and long head with a rounded… read more.

Whitefin Topeshark

Family: Triakidae | Genus: Hemitriakis | Species: Hemitriakis leucoperiptera | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Endangered

Whitefin Topesharks are found in the tropical waters of the Philippines inhabiting coastal areas at depths of 48 m. There are only two known free-living specimens, thus there is little known about whitefin topesharks.  Biology and Behaviour: Whitefin topesharks have a… read more.

Whitenose Shark

Family: Carcharhinidae | Genus: Nasolamia | Species: Nasolamia velox | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Whitenose Sharks are found in tropical waters between 15 m to 200 m underwater, but they are uncommon to spot in their habitat in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to Mexico and the Gulf of California to Peru. They are… read more.

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