Mackerel Sharks – Lamniformes

Shark Database | Mackerel Sharks – Lamniformes

Lamniformes, also known as mackerel sharks, are a diverse order of sharks. Members of this order have two dorsal fins, an anal fin, five gill slits, and a mouth that extends past their eyes. Some of the world’s most popular shark species belong to this order. The @great white shark, the @basking shark, and the @theresher shark are all lamniformes.

All Sharks In This Order:

Megamouth Shark

Family: Megachasmidae | Genus: Megachasma | Species: Megachasma pelagios | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

Megamouth sharks are very large open ocean migratory sharks, found in tropical waters worldwide. They are native to the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and are found in both shallow and very deep waters. Biology: The body of a… read more.

Pelagic Thresher Shark

Pelagic Thresher Shark

Family: Alopiidae | Genus: Alopias | Species: Alopias Pelagicus | CITES: Listed Appendix II | IUCN: Vulnerable

The pelagic thresher, like all the members of its family, is a large pelagic fish known for its long tail. The purpose of the tail is to whip schools of fish to stun potential prey. Pelagic threshers are found in… read more.

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Porbeagle Shark

Family: Lamnidae | Genus: Lamna | CITES: Listed Appendix II | IUCN: Vulnerable

The porbeagle shark, also known as the blue dog, is a medium-sized mackerel shark. It reaches lengths of 2.5m and can weigh up to 150Kg. Like, it’s cousin, the great white shark, it has a white or light grey underside… read more.

Salmon Shark

Salmon Shark

Family: Lamnidae | Genus: Lamna | Species: Lamna Ditropis | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Salmon Shark is a coastal shark found in both nearshore and oceanic environments. They are commonly from near the surface to at least 152m deep. These sharks live in northern regions that have cool temperate waters, ranging from 5-18°C…. read more.

Sand Tiger Shark

Sand Tiger Shark

Family: Odontaspididae | Genus: Carcharias | Species: Carcharias Taurus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Vulnerable

Also known as the Sand Tiger Shark, Grey Nurse Shark, and Spotted Ragged-Tooth Shark. This species is a large, coastal shark with a disjunct distribution, occurring in most subtropical and warm temperate oceans, except for the Eastern Pacific. Biology: The… read more.

Shortfin Mako Shark

Family: Lamnidae | Genus: Lamna | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Vulnerable

The Shortfin Mako Shark, sometimes known as the Blue Pointer, is the fastest shark in the world, capable of speeds of up to 68km/h. They are found globally in temperate and tropical waters. The name ‘Mako’ comes from the Maori… read more.

Smalltooth Sand Tiger

Smalltooth Sand Tiger

Family: Odontaspididae | Genus: Odontaspis | Species: Odontaspis Ferox | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Vulnerable

The Odontaspis Ferox Shark, also known as Smalltooth Sand Tiger or Herbst’s Nurse Shark, appears to have an extensive fragmented distribution in tropical and warm-temperate latitudes of the world’s oceans. The Smalltooth Sand Tiger shark is rarely encountered, with only… read more.

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