Carcharhiniformes facts for kids
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|The Blacktip reef shark, Carcharhinus melanopterus, is one of the many types of Ground Sharks.|
Carcharhiniformes is the largest order of sharks. Also known as Ground sharks or Whaler sharks, this group contains over 270 species of shark. It includes some common ones like the Blue shark, Bull shark, Tiger shark and the hammerhead sharks.
There are eight families in this order:
- Carcharhinidae (Requiem sharks)
- Hemigaleidae (Weasel sharks)
- Leptochariidae (Barbeled houndsharks)
- Proscylliidae (Finback cat sharks)
- Pseudotriakidae (False cat sharks)
- Scyliorhinidae (Cat sharks)
- Sphyrnidae (Hammerhead sharks)
- Triakidae (Hound sharks)
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Groundsharks, like this blacknose shark, have a nictitating membrane which can be drawn over the eye to protect it.
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