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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae Requiem sharks

Genus: Carcharhinus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose shark Western Atlantic 200 TL 1860
Carcharhinus albimarginatus Silvertip shark Indo-Pacific 300 TL 1837
Carcharhinus altimus Bignose shark Circumglobal, with patchy 300 TL 1950
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides Graceful shark Indo-Pacific 167 TL 1934
Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos Blacktail reef shark Indo-West Pacific to Cent 255 TL 1856
Carcharhinus amboinensis Pigeye shark Eastern Atlantic 280 TL 1839
Carcharhinus borneensis Borneo shark Western Pacific 70 TL 1858
Carcharhinus brachyurus Copper shark Western Atlantic 325 TL 1870
Carcharhinus brevipinna Spinner shark Atlantic, Mediterranean a 300 TL 1839
Carcharhinus cautus Nervous shark Western Pacific 150 TL 1945
Carcharhinus cerdale Pacific smalltail shark Eastern Pacific Ocean 140 TL 1898
Carcharhinus coatesi East Indian to Western Pa 88 TL 1939
Carcharhinus dussumieri Whitecheek shark Indian Ocean 121 TL 1839
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky shark Circumtropical. Western 350 TL 1839
Carcharhinus fitzroyensis Creek whaler Western Pacific 135 TL 1943
Carcharhinus galapagensis Galapagos shark Circumtropical with a pre 370 TL 1905
Carcharhinus hemiodon Pondicherry shark Indo-West Pacific 200 TL 1839
Carcharhinus humani Human’s whaler shark Western Indian Ocean 84.4 TL 2014
Carcharhinus isodon Finetooth shark Western Atlantic 190 TL 1839
Carcharhinus leiodon Smooth tooth blacktip shark Western Indian Ocean 75 TL 1985
Carcharhinus leucas Bull shark Cosmopolitan in tropical 400 TL 1839
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip shark Cosmopolitan. Western At 275 TL 1839
Carcharhinus longimanus Oceanic whitetip shark Circumglobal (tropical to 400 TL 1861
Carcharhinus macloti Hardnose shark Indo-West Pacific 110 TL 1839
Carcharhinus macrops Northwest Pacific 1983
Carcharhinus melanopterus Blacktip reef shark Indo-Pacific 200 TL 1824
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky shark Western Atlantic 420 TL 1818
Carcharhinus perezi Caribbean reef shark Western Atlantic 300 TL 1876
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar shark Western Atlantic 250 TL 1827
Carcharhinus porosus Smalltail shark Western Atlantic 150 TL 1839
Carcharhinus sealei Blackspot shark Indo-West Pacific 100 TL 1913
Carcharhinus signatus Night shark Western Atlantic 280 TL 1868
Carcharhinus sorrah Spot-tail shark Indo-West Pacific 160 TL 1839
Carcharhinus tilstoni Australian blacktip shark Indo-West Pacific 200 TL 1950
Carcharhinus tjutjot Western Pacific 93.7 TL 1852



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