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:

Blackspot Shark

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

The Carcharhinus Sealei, also known as the Blackspot Shark, is a small species of requiem shark in the family Carcharhinidae found in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean. Biology and Description: The Blackspot shark is a relatively slender species with a… read more.

Blackspotted Catshark

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

The black-spotted catshark is a species of ground shark found in the Western Pacific, from Japan to Taiwan, at depths of 80 to 100 m. Like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes,… read more.

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Blackspotted Smooth-hound

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

The Black-spotted Smooth Hound, is often confused with the more common species Common Smooth Hound within its range. This shark is found in the Mediterranean Sea and off Western Sahara in the central Atlantic. Very little information about the population… read more.

Blacktail Reef Shark

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

Blacktail Reef Sharks, also called Grey Reef Sharks, can be spotted in many places around the world as their range is widespread. They occur in the central Pacific Ocean and west onwards to the eastern Indian Ocean usually between depths… read more.

Blacktip Reef Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

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

The Blacktip reef shark is a migratory, saltwater, reef-associated, subtropical shark that inhabits shallow water close inshore on coral reefs. Native to the Indo-Pacific, it is found in areas like The Red Sea, East Africa, Hawaii, Japan and Australia. The… read more.

Blacktip shark

Blacktip shark

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

The Blacktip shark is a inshore and offshore shark found on or adjacent to continental and insular shelves. They are often found off river mouths and estuaries, muddy bays, lagoons, and coral reef drop-offs. This species is know to be… read more.

Blacktip Tope

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

The blacktip tope, or pencil shark, is a species of houndshark found in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. It has been recorded from the east coast of Africa to Japan and Australia. It lives in deep waters at… read more.

Blotched Catshark

Blotched Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Asymbolus | Species: Asymbolus funebris | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The only Blotched Catshark ever found was caught off the coast of Western Australia in the Eastern Indian Ocean. They are small, brown catsharks with large dark brown blotches and saddles. They have a short, slightly flattened, pointed-rounded head and… read more.

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