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Carcharhinus
Temporal range: Lutetian-recent
~42–0Ma
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C. amblyrhynchos
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Carcharhinus
Blainville 1816
Type species
Carcharias melanopterus
Quoy & Gaimard 1824
Synonyms
  • Aprionodon Gill 1861
  • Eulamia Gill 1862
  • Galeolamna Owen 1853
  • Gillisqualus Whitley 1934
  • Hypoprion Müller & Henle 1838
  • Platypodon Gill 1862
  • Pterolamiops Springer 1951
  • Uranga Whitley 1943

Carcharhinus is one of the 12 genera of the requiem shark family, Carcharhinidae.

Like all members of the family, they have round eyes, and the pectoral fins are completely behind the five gill slits. Most species are viviparous: the young are born fully developed.

Species

There are currently 34 known species of the Carcharhinus genus:

  • Blacknose shark, Carcharhinus acronotus
  • Silvertip shark, Carcharhinus albimarginatus
  • Bignose shark, Carcharhinus altimus
  • Graceful shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchoides
  • Grey reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos
  • Pigeye shark, Carcharhinus amboinensis
  • Borneo shark, Carcharhinus borneensis
  • Copper shark, Carcharhinus brachyurus
  • Spinner shark, Carcharhinus brevipinna
  • Pacific smalltail shark, Carcharhinus cerdale
  • Nervous shark, Carcharhinus cautus
  • Coates' shark, Carcharhinus coatesi
  • Whitecheek shark, Carcharhinus dussumieri
  • Silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformis
  • Creek whaler, Carcharhinus fitzroyensis
  • Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis
  • Pondicherry shark, Carcharhinus hemiodon
  • Finetooth shark, Carcharhinus isodon
  • Smooth tooth blacktip shark, Carcharhinus leiodon
  • Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas
  • Blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus
  • Oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus
  • Hardnose shark, Carcharhinus macloti
  • Carcharhinus macrops
  • Blacktip reef shark, Carcharhinus melanopterus
  • Dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus
  • Caribbean reef shark, Carcharhinus perezii
  • Sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus
  • Smalltail shark, Carcharhinus porosus
  • Blackspot shark, Carcharhinus sealei
  • Night shark, Carcharhinus signatus
  • Spot-tail shark, Carcharhinus sorrah
  • Australian blacktip shark, Carcharhinus tilstoni
  • Carcharhinus tjutjot
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