Family Cetorhinidae - Basking sharks
  Order
:
Cetorhinidae
  Class
:
Elasmobranchii
No. in FishBase
:
Genera : 1 | Species : 1 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
:
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  Division
:
Marine
  Aquarium
:
none
  First Fossil Record
:
upper   Cretaceous    
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
  Remark
:
Marine, all oceans, highly migratory. Gill openings exceptionally large; gill rakers elongate, plankton feeders, teeth reduced. The tail is nearly symmetrical with keel on caudal peduncle. Fifth gill opening in front of pectoral fin. The family contains the world's second largest fish, reportedly reaching 1,520 cm TL (Ref. 247). Ovoviviparous, embryos feeding on yolk sac and other ova produced by the mother (Ref. 50449).
  Etymology
:
Latin, cetus = whale, marine monster + Greek, rhinos = nose ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
:
bearers
  Typical activity level
:
normal
  Main Ref
:
  Coordinator
:
  Deep Fin Classification
:

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Glossary
[ e.g. cephalopods]


Species/Synonymy list for the family Cetorhinidae as currently in FishBase

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination
Cetorhinus maximus (Gunnerus, 1765)
acceptedseniornew
Scoliophis atlanticus Anonymous, 1817
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
Hannovera aurata van Beneden, 1871
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
Squalus maximus Gunnerus, 1765
synonymseniororiginal
Halsydrus maximus (Gunnerus, 1765)
synonymseniornew
Selache maxima (Gunnerus, 1765)
synonymseniornew
Selache maximum (Gunnerus, 1765)
synonymseniornew
Selache maximus (Gunnerus, 1765)
synonymseniornew
Squalus gunnerianus Blainville, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal
Squalus homianus Blainville, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal
Squalus pelegrinus Blainville, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal
! Squalus peregrinus Blainville, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal
Tetroras angiova Rafinesque, 1810
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
! Tetraoras angiova Rafinesque, 1810
ambiguousquestionableoriginal
Squalis gunneri Blainville, 1816
ambiguousotheroriginal
Squalis shavianus Blainville, 1816
ambiguousotheroriginal
synonymjuniororiginal
Squalus rostratus Macri, 1819
synonymjuniororiginal
Cetorhinus rostratus (Macri, 1819)
synonymjuniornew
Squalus isodus Macri, 1819
synonymjuniororiginal
Selache elephas (Le Sueur, 1822)
synonymjuniornew
Squalus elephas Lesueur, 1822
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal
Squalus rhinoceros DeKay, 1842
ambiguousotheroriginal
Squalus cetaceus Gronow, 1854
synonymjuniororiginal
Polyprosopus macer Couch, 1862
synonymjuniororiginal
Cetorhinus blainvillei de Brito Capello, 1869
synonymjuniororiginal
Selachus pennantii Cornish, 1885
synonymjuniororiginal
Tetroras maccoyi Barrett, 1933
synonymjuniororiginal
Cetorhinus maccoyi (Barrett, 1933)
synonymjuniornew
Halsydrus maccoyi (Barrett, 1933)
synonymjuniornew
Cetorhinus maximus f. infanuncula Deinse & Adriani, 1953
synonymjuniororiginal
Cetorhinus maximus infanuncula Deinse & Adriani, 1953
synonymjuniorchange in rank
Cetorhinus normani Siccardi, 1961
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniornew
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