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:

African Ribbontail Catshark

Family: Proscylliidae | Genus: Eridacnis | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The African ribbontail catshark is a rare species of finback catshark found in Eastern Africa. They’re small, growing up to only about 37 cm, ann live at depths between 180 and 480 cm. They’re usually brownish grey. They feed on… read more.

African Sawtail Catshark

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

The African sawtail catshark is a small species of catshark found in the western coast of Africa, from Morocco to South Africa. It lives near or at the bottom, at depths of 300 to 500 m. These sharks are long… read more.

Antilles Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Galeus | Species: Galeus antillensis | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Antilles Catsharks are commonly found, but there is little known about them. They’re found off the coast of Florida and the West Indies (Jamaica and Martinique) in the western central Atlantic Ocean at depths between 150 to 700 m.  Biology… read more.

Arabian Catshark

Family: Scyliorhinidae | Genus: Bythaelurus | Species: Bythaelurus alcockii | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Arabian Catsharks live in deep open seas at depths presumably between 1134 – 1263 m in the Western Indian Ocean. There was only one Arabian catshark specimen caught which measured at 30 cm long.  The IUCN lists Arabian catsharks as… read more.

Arabian Smooth-hound

Arabian Smooth-hound

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

The Arabian Smooth-hound is a fairly large houndshark that live in the Indian Ocean at depths up to 400 m. They occur on the continental shelf inshore and offshore and sometimes on coral reefs.      Biology and Behaviour Arabian… read more.

Atlantic Sawtail Catshark

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

The Atlantic Sawtail Catshark is a small shark species found in and and around the Strait of Gibraltar. It lives at depths of 300 to 700 m and feeds mostly on small bony fish and crustaceans. It resembles the blackmouth… read more.

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Family: Carcharhinidae | Genus: Rhizoprionodon | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Atlantic Sharpnose shark is a very abundant, small coastal shark found in warm temperate and tropical waters in North Atlantic. It ranges as north far as New Brunswick, Canada and south to the Yucatan Peninsula, including the Gulf of… read more.

Atlantic Weasel Shark

Atlantic Weasel Shark

Family: Hemigaleidae | Genus: Paragaleus | Species: Paragaleus pectoralis | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

Atlantic Weasel Sharks are a species of ground shark. They have a moderately long snout and large eyes with nictitating membrane to protect their eyes. Their mouth is small and has tiny serrated upper teeth and erect, cusped lower teeth…. read more.

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