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Shark Taxonomy


Order HEXANCHIformES - Sixgill, Sevengill and Frilled Sharks
  • Family CHLAMYDOSELA - Frilled Sharks
    One Species
    • Chlamydoselachus anguineus #8212; Frilled shark


  • Family HEXANCHIDAE - Sixgill and Sevengill Sharks
    Four Species
    • Heptranchias perlo #8212; Sharpnose sevengill shark
    • Hexanchus griseus #8212; Bluntnose sixgill shark
    • Hexanchus vitulus #8212; Bigeye sixgill shark
    • Notorynchus cepedianus #8212; Broadnose or spotted sevengill shark


Order SQUALIformES - Dogfish Sharks
  • Family ECHINORHINIDAE - Bramble Sharks
    Two Species
    • Echinorhinus brucus #8212; Bramble shark
    • Echinorhinus cookei #8212; Prickly shark


  • Family SQUALIDAE - Dogfish sharks
    70 Species
    • Aculeola nigra #8212; Hooktooth dogfish
    • Centrophorus acus #8212; Needle dogfish
    • Centrophorus granulosus #8212; Gulper shark
    • Centrophorus harrissoni #8212; Dumb gulper shark
    • Centrophorus lusitanicus #8212; Lowfin gulper shark
    • Centrophorus moluccensis #8212; Smallfin gulper shark
    • Centrophorus niaukang #8212; Taiwan gulper shark
    • Centrophorus squamosus #8212; Leafscale gulper shark
    • Centrophorus tesselatus #8212; Mosaic gulper shark
    • Centrophorus uyato #8212; Little gulper shark
    • Centroscyllium fabricii #8212; Black dogfish
    • Centroscyllium granulatum #8212; Granular dogfish
    • Centroscyllium kamoharai #8212; Bareskin dogfish
    • Centroscyllium nigrum #8212; Combtooth dogfish
    • Centroscyllium ornatum #8212; Ornate dogfish
    • Centroscyllium ritteri #8212; Whitefin dogfish
    • Centroscymnus coelolepis #8212; Portuguese dogfish
    • Centroscymnus crepidater #8212; Longnose velvet dogfish
    • Centroscymnus cryptacanthus #8212; Shortnose velvet dogfish
    • Centroscymnus macracanthus #8212; Largespine velvet dogfish
    • Centroscymnus owstoni #8212; Roughskin dogfish
    • Centroscymnus plunketi #8212; Plunket shark
    • Cirrhigaleus barbifer #8212; Mandarin dogfish
    • Dalatias licha #8212; Kitefin shark
    • Deania calcea #8212; Birdbeak dogfish
    • Deania hystricosum #8212; Rough longnose dogfish
    • Deania profundorum #8212; Arrowhead dogfish
    • Deania quadrispinosum #8212; Longsnout dogfish
    • Etmopterus baxteri #8212; New Zealand lanternshark
    • Etmopterus brachyurus #8212; Shorttail lanternshark
    • Etmopterus bullisi #8212; Lined lanternshark
    • Etmopterus carteri #8212; Cylindrical lanternshark
    • Etmopterus decacuspidatus #8212; Combtooth lanternshark
    • Etmopterus gracilispinis #8212; Broadband lanternshark
    • Etmopterus granulosus #8212; Southern lanternshark
    • Etmopterus hillianus #8212; Carribean lanternshark
    • Etmopterus lucifer #8212; Blackbelly lanternshark
    • Etmopterus perryi #8212; Dwarf lanternshark
    • Etmopterus polli #8212; African lanternshark
    • Etmopterus princeps #8212; Great lanternshark
    • Etmopterus pusillus—Smooth lanternshark
    • Etmopterus schultzi #8212; Fringefin lanternshark
    • Etmopterus sentosus #8212; Thorny lanternshark
    • Etmopterus spinax #8212; Velvet belly
    • Etmopterus unicolor #8212; Brown lanternshark
    • Etmopterus villosus #8212; Hawaiian lanternshark
    • Etmopterus virens #8212; Green lanternshark
    • Euprotomicroides zantedeschia #8212; Taillight shark
    • Europtomicrus bispinatus #8212; Pygmy shark
    • Heteroscymnoides marleyi #8212; Longnose pygmy shark
    • Isistius brasiliensis #8212; Cookiecutter or cigar shark
    • Isistius plutodus #8212; Largetooth cookiecutter shark
    • Mollisquama parini #8212; Softskin dogfish
    • Scymnodalatias sherwoodi #8212; Sherwood dogfish
    • Scymnodon ichiharai #8212; Japanese velvet dogfish
    • Scymnodon ringens #8212; Knifetooth dogfish
    • Scymnodon squamulosus #8212; Greenland sleeper shark
    • Somniosus pacificus #8212; Pacific sleeper shark
    • Somniosus rostratus #8212; Little sleeper shark
    • Squaliolus laticaudus #8212; Spined pygmy shark
    • Squalus acanthias #8212; Piked dogfish
    • Squalus asper #8212; Roughskin spurdog
    • Squalus blainvillei #8212; Longnose spurdog
    • Squalus cubensis #8212; Cuban dogfish
    • Squalus japonicus #8212; Japanese spurdog
    • Squalus magalops #8212; Shortnose spurdog
    • Squalus melanurus #8212; Blacktail spurdog
    • Squalus mitsukurii #8212; Shortspine spurdog
    • Squalus rancureli #8212; Cyrano spurdog


  • Family OXYNOTIDAE - Roughsharks
    Five Species
    • Oxynotus bruniensis #8212; Prickly dogfish
    • Oxynotus carribaeus #8212; Carribean roughshark
    • Oxynotus centrina #8212; Angular roughshark
    • Oxynotus japonicus #8212; Japanese roughshark
    • Oxynotus paradoxus #8212; Sailfin roughshark


Order PRISTIOPHORIformES - Sawsharks
  • Family PRISTIOPHORIDAE - Sawsharks
    Five Species
    • Pliotrema warreni #8212; Sixgill sawshark
    • Pristiophorus cirratus #8212; Longnose sawshark
    • Pristiophorus japonicus #8212; Japanese sawshark
    • Pristiophorus nudipinnis #8212; Shortnose sawshark
    • Pristiophorus schroederi #8212; Bahamas sawshark


Order SQUATINIformES - Angelsharks
  • Family SQUATINIDAE - Angelsharks
    13 Species
    • Squatina aculeata #8212; Sawback angelshark
    • Squatina africana #8212; African angelshark
    • Squatina argentina #8212; Argentine angelshark
    • Squatina australis #8212; Australian angelshark
    • Squatina californica #8212; Pacific angelshark
    • Squatina dumeril #8212; Sand devil
    • Squatina formosa #8212; Taiwan angelshark
    • Squatina japonica #8212; Japanese angelshark
    • Squatina nebulosa #8212; Clouded angelshark
    • Squatina oculata #8212; Smoothback angelshark
    • Squatina squatina #8212; Angelshark
    • Squatina tergocellata #8212; Ornate angelshark
    • Squatina tergocellatoides #8212; Ocellated angelshark


Order HETERODONTIformES - Bullhead Sharks
  • Family HETERODONTIDAE - Bullhead sharks
    Eight Species
    • Heterodontus francisci #8212; Horn shark
    • Heterodontus galeatus #8212; Crested bullhead shark
    • Heterodontus japonicus #8212; Japanese bullhead shark
    • Heterodontus mexicanus #8212; Mexican hornshark
    • Heterodontus portusjacksonj #8212; Port Jackson shark
    • Heterodontus quoyi #8212; Galapagos bullhead shark
    • Heterodontus ramalheira #8212; Whitespotted bullhead shark
    • Heterodontus zebra #8212; Zebra bullhead shark


Order ORECTOLOBIformES - Carpetsharks
  • Family PARASCYLLIIDAE - Collared Carpetsharks
    Six Species
    • Cirrhoscyllium expolitum #8212; Barbelthroat carpetshark
    • Cirrhoscyllium formosanum #8212; Taiwan saddled carpetshark
    • Cirrhoscyllium japonicum #8212; Saddled carpetshark
    • Parascyllium ferrugineum—Rusty carpetshark
    • Parascyllium multimaculatum #8212; Tasmanian carpetshark
    • Parascyllium variolatum #8212; Necklace carpetshark or Varied carpetshark


  • Family BRACHAELURIDAE - Blind sharks
    Two Species
    • Brachaelurus waddi #8212; Blind shark
    • Heteroscyllium colcloughi #8212; Bluegrey carpetshark


  • Family ORECTOLOBIDAE - Wobbegongs
    Six species
    • Eucrossorhinus dasypogon #8212; Tasselled wobbegong
    • Orectolobus japonicus #8212; Japanese wobbegong
    • Orectolobus maculatus #8212; Spotted wobbegong
    • Orectolobus ornatus #8212; Ornate wobbegong
    • Orectolobus wardi #8212; Northern wobbegong
    • Sutorectus tentaculatus #8212; Cobbler wobbegong


  • Family HEMISCYLLIIDAE - Longtailed Carpetshark
    12 species
    • Chiloscyllium arabicum #8212; Arabian carpetshark
    • Chiloscyllium burmensis #8212; Burmese bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium caerulopunctatum #8212; Bluespotted bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium griseum #8212; Grey bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium hasselti #8212; Indonesian bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium indicum #8212; Slender bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium plagiosum #8212; Whitespotted bambooshark
    • Chiloscyllium punctatum #8212; Brownbanded bambooshark
    • Hemiscyllium freycineti #8212; Indonesian speckled carpetshark
    • Hemiscyllium hallstromi #8212; Papuan epaulette shark
    • Hemiscyllium ocellatum #8212; Epaulette shark
    • Hemiscyllium strahani #8212; Hooded carpetshark
    • Hemiscyllium trispeculare #8212; Speckled carpetshark


  • Family GINGLYMOSTOMATIDAE - Nurse Sharks
    Three species
    • Ginglymostoma brevicaudatum #8212; Shorttail nurse shark
    • Ginglymostoma cirratum #8212; Nurse shark
    • Nebrius ferrugineus #8212; Tawny nurse shark or giant sleepy shark


  • Family STEGOSTOMATIDAE - Zebra Sharks
    One species
    • Stegostoma fasciatum #8212; Zebra shark


  • Family RHINCODONTIDAE - Whale Sharks
    One Species
    • Rhincodon typus #8212; Whale shark


Order LAMNIformES - Mackerel Sharks
  • Family ODONTASPIDIDAE - Sand Tiger Sharks
    Four Species
    • Carcharias taurus #8212; Sand tiger, spotted raggedtooth, or grey nurse shark
    • Eugomphodus tricuspidatus #8212; Indian sand tiger
    • Odontaspis ferox #8212; Smalltooth sand tiger or bumpytail raggedtooth
    • Odontaspis noronhai #8212; Bigeye sand tiger


  • Family PSEUDOCARCHARIIDAE - Crocodile Sharks
    One Species
    • Pseudocarcharias kamoharai #8212; Crocodile shark


  • Family MITSUKURINIDAE - Goblin Sharks
    One Species
    • Mitsukurina owstoni #8212; Goblin shark


  • Family MEGACHASMIDAE - Megamouth Sharks
    One Species
    • Megachasma pelagios #8212; Megamouth Shark


  • Family ALOPIIDAE - Thresher Sharks
    Three Species
    • Alopias pelagicus #8212; Pelagic thresher
    • Alopias superciliosus #8212; Bigeye thresher
    • Alopias vulpinus #8212; Thresher shark


  • Family CETORHINIDAE - Basking Sharks
    One Species
    • Cetorhinus maximus #8212; Basking shark


  • Family LAMNIDAE - Mackerel Sharks
    Five Species
    • Carcharodon carcharias #8212; Great white shark
    • Isurus oxyrinchus #8212; Shortfin mako
    • Isurus paucus #8212; Longfin mako
    • Lamna ditropis #8212; Salmon shark
    • Lamna nasus #8212; Probeagle shark


Order CARCHARHINIformES - Ground Sharks
  • Family SCYLIORHINIDAE - Catsharks
    92 Species
    • Apristurus atlanticus #8212; Atlantic ghost catshark
    • Apristurus brunneus #8212; Brown catshark
    • Apristurus canutus #8212; Hoary catshark
    • Apristurus federovi #8212; Federov's catshark
    • Apristurus herklotsi #8212; Longfin catshark
    • Apristurus indicus #8212; Smallbelly catshark
    • Apristurus investigatoris #8212; Broadnose catshark
    • Apristurus japonicus #8212; Japanese catshark
    • Apristurus kampae #8212; Longnose catshark
    • Apristurus laurussoni #8212; Iceland catshark
    • Apristurus longicephalus #8212; Longhead catshark
    • Apristurus macrorhynchus #8212; Flathead catshark
    • Apristurus maderensis #8212; Madeira catshark
    • Apristurus manis #8212; Ghost catshark
    • Apristurus microps #8212; Smalleye catshark
    • Apristurus nasutus #8212; Largenose catshark
    • Apristurus parvipinnis #8212; Smallfin catshark
    • Apristurus pinguis #8212; Fat catshark
    • Apristurus platyrhynchus #8212; Spatulasnout catshark
    • Apristurus profundorum #8212; Deepwater catshark
    • Apristurus riveri #8212; Broadgill catshark
    • Apristurus saldanha #8212; Saldanha catshark
    • Apristurus sibogae #8212; Pale catshark
    • Apristurus sinensis #8212; South China catshark
    • Apristurus spongiceps #8212; Spongehead catshark
    • Apristurus stenseni #8212; Panama ghost catshark
    • Apristurus verweyi #8212; Borneo catshark
    • Asymbolus analis #8212; Australian spotted catshark
    • Asymbolus vincenti #8212; Gulf catshark
    • Atelomycterus macleayi #8212; Australian marbled catshark
    • Atelomycterus marmoratus #8212; Coral catshark
    • Aulohalaelurus labiosus #8212; Blackspotted catshark
    • Cephaloscyllium fasciatum #8212; Reticulated swellshark
    • Cephaloscyllium isabellum #8212; Draughtsboard shark
    • Cephaloscyllium laticeps #8212; Australian swellshark
    • Cephaloscyllium nascione #8212; Whitefinned swellshark
    • Cephaloscyllium silasi #8212; Indian swellshark
    • Cephaloscyllium sufflans #8212; Balloon shark
    • Cephaloscyllium ventriosum #8212; Swellshark
    • Cephalurus cephalus #8212; Lollipop catshark
    • Galeus arae #8212; Roughtail catshark
    • Galeus boardmani #8212; Australian sawtail catshark
    • Galeus eastmani #8212; Gecko catshark
    • Galeus melastomus #8212; Blackmouth catshark
    • Galeus murinus #8212; Mouse catshark
    • Galeus nipponensis #8212; Broadfin sawtail catshark
    • Galeus piperatus #8212; Peppered catshark
    • Galeus polli #8212; African sawtail catshark
    • Galeus sauteri #8212; Blacktip sawtail catshark
    • Galeus schultzi #8212; Dwarf sawtail catshark
    • Halaelurus alcocki #8212; Arabian catshark
    • Halaelurus boesemani #8212; Speckled catshark
    • Halaelurus buergeri #8212; Blackspotted catshark
    • Halaelurus canescens #8212; Dusky catshark
    • Halaelurus dawsoni #8212; New Zealand catshark
    • Halaelurus hispidus #8212; Bristly catshark
    • Halaelurus immaculatus #8212; Spotless catshark
    • Halaelurus lineatus #8212; Lined catshark
    • Halaelurus lutarius #8212; Mud catshark
    • Halaelurus natalensis #8212; Tiger catshark
    • Halaelurus quagga #8212; Quagga catshark
    • Haploblepharus edwardsii #8212; Puffadder shyshark
    • Haploblepharus fuscus #8212; Brown shyshark
    • Haploblepharus pictus #8212; Dark shyshark
    • Holohalaelurus punctatus #8212; African spotted catshark
    • Holohalaelurus regani #8212; Izak catshark
    • Parmaturus campechiensis #8212; Campeche catshark
    • Parmaturus macmillani #8212; New Zealand filetail
    • Parmaturus melanobranchius #8212; Blackgill catshark
    • Parmaturus pilosus #8212; Salamander shark
    • Parmaturus xaniurus #8212; Filetail catshark
    • Pentanchus profundicolus #8212; Onefin catshark
    • Poroderma africanum #8212; Striped catshark or pyjama shark
    • Poroderma marleyi #8212; Barbeled catshark
    • Poroderma patherinum #8212; Leopard catshark
    • Schroederichthys bivius #8212; Narrowmouth catshark
    • Schroederichthys chilensis #8212; Redspotted catshark
    • Schroederichthys maculatus #8212; Narrowtail catshark
    • Schroederichthys tenuis #8212; Slender catshark
    • Scyliorhinus besnardi #8212; Polkadot catshark
    • Scyliorhinus boa #8212; Boa catshark
    • Scyliorhinus canicula #8212; Smallspotted catshark
    • Scyliorhinus capensis #8212; Yellowspotted catshark
    • Scyliorhinus cervigoni #8212; West African catshark
    • Scyliorhinus garmani #8212; Brownspotted catshark
    • Scyliorhinus haeckelii #8212; Freckled catshark
    • Scyliorhinus hesperius #8212; Whitesaddled catshark
    • Scyliorhinus meadi #8212; Blotched catshark
    • Scyliorhinus retifer #8212; Chain catshark
    • Scyliorhinus stellaris #8212; Nursehound
    • Scyliorhinus torazame #8212; Cloudy catshark
    • Scyliorhinus torrei #8212; Dwarf catshark


  • Family PROSCYLLIIDAE - Finback Catsharks
    Six Species
    • Ctenacis fehlmanni #8212; Harlequin catshark
    • Eridacnis barbouri #8212; Cuban ribbontail catshark
    • Eridacnis radcliffei #8212; Pygmy ribbontail catshark
    • Eridacnis sinuans #8212; African ribbontail catshark
    • Gollum attentuatus #8212; Slender smoothhound
    • Proscyllium habereri #8212; Graceful catshark


  • Family PSEUDOTRIAKIDAE - False Catsharks
    One Species
    • Pseudotriakis microdon #8212; False catshark


  • Family LEPTOCHARIIDAE - Barbeled Houndshark
    One species
    • Leptocharias smithii #8212; Barbeled houndshark


  • Family TRIAKIDAE - Houndsharks
    34 species
    • Furgaleus macki #8212; Whiskery shark
    • Galeorhinus galeus #8212; Tope shark
    • Gogolia filewoodi #8212; Sailback houndshark
    • Hemitriakis japanica #8212; Japanese topeshark
    • Hemitriakis leucoperiptera #8212; Whitefin topeshark
    • Hypogaleus hyugaensis #8212; Blacktip topeshark
    • Iago garricki #8212; Longnose houndshark
    • Iago omanensis #8212; Bigeye houndshark
    • Mustelus antarcticus #8212; Gummy shark
    • Mustelus asterias #8212; Starry smoothhound
    • Mustelus californicus #8212; Grey smoothhound
    • Mustelus canis #8212; Dusky smoothhound
    • Mustelus dorsalis #8212; Sharpnose smoothhound
    • Mustelus fasciatus #8212; Striped smoothhound
    • Mustelus griseus #8212; Spotless smoothhound
    • Mustelus henlei #8212; Brown smoothhound
    • Mustelus higmani #8212; Smalleye smoothhound
    • Mustelus lenticulatus #8212; Spotted estuary smoothhound or rig
    • Mustelus lunulatus #8212; Sicklefin smoothhound
    • Mustelus manazo #8212; Starspotted smoothhound
    • Mustelus mento #8212; Speckled smoothhound
    • Mustelus mosis #8212; Arabian, hardnose, or Moses smoothhound
    • Mustelus mustelus #8212; Smoothhound
    • Mustelus norrisi #8212; Narrowfin or Florida smoothhound
    • Mustelus palumbes #8212; Whitespot smoothhound
    • Mustelus punctulatus #8212; Blackspot smoothhound
    • Mustelus schmitti #8212; Narrownose smoothhound
    • Mustelus whitneyi #8212; Humpback smoothhound
    • Scylliogaleus quecketti #8212; Flapnose houndshark
    • Triakis acutipinna #8212; Sharpfin houndshark
    • Triakis maculata #8212; Spotted houndshark
    • Triakis megalopterus #8212; Sharptooth houndshark or spotted gully shark
    • Triakis scyllium #8212; Banded houndshark
    • Triakis semifasciata #8212; Leopard shark


  • Family HEMIGALEIDAE - Weasel sharks
    Six Species
    • Chaenogaleus macrostoma #8212; Hooktooth shark
    • Hemigaleus microstoma #8212; Sicklefin weasel shark
    • Hemipristis elongatus #8212; Snaggletooth shark
    • Paragaleus leucolomatus #8212; Whitetip weasel shark
    • Paragaleus pectoralis #8212; Atlantic weasel shark
    • Paragaleus tengi #8212; Straighttooth weasel shark


  • Family CARCHARHINIDAE - Requiem sharks
    48 Species
    • Carcharhinus acronotus #8212; Blacknose shark
    • Carcharhinus albimarginatus #8212; Silvertip shark
    • Carcharhinus altimus #8212; Bignose shark
    • Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides #8212; Graceful shark
    • Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos #8212; Grey reef shark
    • Carcharhinus amboinensis #8212; Pigeye or Java shark
    • Carcharhinus borneensis #8212; Borneo shark
    • Carcharhinus brachyurus #8212; Copper shark or bronze whaler
    • Carcharhinus brevipinna #8212; Spinner shark
    • Carcharhinus cautus #8212; Nervous shark
    • Carcharhinus dussumieri #8212; Whitecheek shark
    • Carcharhinus falciformis #8212; Silky shark
    • Carcharhinus fitzroyensis #8212; Creek whaler
    • Carcharhinus galapagenisis #8212; Galapagos shark
    • Carcharhinus hemiodon #8212; Pondicherry shark
    • Carcharhinus isodon #8212; Finetooth shark
    • Carcharhinus leucas #8212; Bull or Zambezi shark
    • Carcharhinus limbatus #8212; Blacktip shark
    • Carcharhinus longimanus #8212; Oceanic whitetip shark
    • Carcharhinus macloti #8212; Hardnose shark
    • Carcharhinus melanopterus #8212; Blacktip reef shark
    • Carcharhinus obscurus #8212; Dusky shark
    • Carcharhinus perezi #8212; Caribbean reef shark
    • Carcharhinus plumbeus #8212; Sandbar shark
    • Carcharhinus porosus #8212; Smalltail shark
    • Carcharhinus sealei #8212; Blackspot shark
    • Carcharhinus signatus #8212; Night shark
    • Carcharhinus sorrah #8212; Spottail shark
    • Carcharhinus wheeleri #8212; Blacktail reef shark
    • Galeocerdo cuvier #8212; Tiger shark
    • Glyphis gangeticus #8212; Ganges shark
    • Glyphis glyphis #8212; Speartooth shark
    • Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus #8212; Daggernose shark
    • Lamiopsis temmincki #8212; Broadfin shark
    • Loxodon macrorhinus #8212; Sliteye shark
    • Nasolamia velox #8212; Whitenose shark
    • Negraprion acutidens #8212; Sharptooth lemon shark
    • Negraprion brevirostris #8212; Lemon shark
    • Prionace glauca #8212; Blue shark
    • Rhizoprionodon acutus #8212; Milk shark
    • Rhizoprionodon lalandei #8212; Brazilian sharpnose shark
    • Rhizoprionodon longurio #8212; Pacific sharpnose shark
    • Rhizoprionodon oligolinx #8212; Grey sharpnose shark
    • Rhizopriondon porosus #8212; Carribean sharpnose shark
    • Rhizopriondon taylori #8212; Australian sharpnose shark
    • Rhizopriondon terraenovae #8212; Atlantic sharpnose shark
    • Scoliodon laticaudus #8212; Spadenose shark
    • Triaenodon obesus #8212; Whitetip reef shark


  • Family SPHYRNIDAE - Hammerhead sharks
    Nine Species
    • Eusphyra blochii — Winghead shark
    • Sphyrna corona #8212; Mallethead shark
    • Sphyrna couardi #8212; Whitefin hammerhead
    • Sphyrna lewini #8212; Scalloped hammerhead
    • Sphyrna media #8212; Scoophead shark
    • Sphyrna mokarran #8212; Great hammerhead
    • Sphyrna tiburo #8212; Bonnethead shark
    • Sphyrna tudes #8212; Smalleye hammerhead
    • Sphyrna zygaena #8212; Smooth hammerhead


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