Borneo river shark

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Borneo river shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Glyphis
Species: G. fowlerae
Binomial name
Glyphis fowlerae
Compagno, W. T. White & Cavanagh, 2010

The Borneo river shark, Glyphis fowlerae, is a shark of the family Carcharhinidae. Its length is up to 78 centimetres (31 in). Reproduction is presumed to be viviparous. Only 13 specimens are known to science collected in 1996. Expeditions in 2010 and 2011 failed to find any and while fishermen recognised the shark, they have not been seen for many years. Other members of the family are common at the mouth of tropical rivers, along with Bull sharks, Speartooth sharks, Irrawaddy river sharks and New Guinea river sharks. They all can travel in both saltwater and freshwatwater.


They are endemic to the Kinabatangan River in Borneo.[1]


They mostly feed on small, bony fishes such as sardines and tuna. But they can eat small sharks such as dogfish and cookie cutter sharks.