Pondicherry Shark

About the Pondicherry Shark

The Pondicherry Shark, or Long-Nosed shark, is a very rare Indo-West Pacific species, belonging to the Carcharhinidae family. Last recorded in 1979 in India, and in 2019 a specimen was discovered in Sri Lanka that is believed to be a Pondicherry Shark, though the identification is awaiting scientific confirmation.

The Pondicherry Shark is a rare shark found on the continental and insular shelves of the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific, from India to New Guinea. Little is known about their particular size or breeding habits.

There are no conservation measures in place for these harmless creatures, and if still alive, may be subject to commercialized fisheries. The IUCN Redlist lists this shark as critically endangered.


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Scientific NameCarcharhinus hemiodon
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNCritically Endangered
Common Length200 cm
Max LenghtNA
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean