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For Carcharodon carcharias, see Great white shark.
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Carcharias taurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Odontaspididae
Genus: Carcharias
Rafinesque, 1810

See text for species.


Differentiating different species of sharks is usually done by locating and measuring their fins. The second dorsal fin and the anal fin are very large. In fact, they are about equal in size. The pectoral fins are triangular and only slightly larger than the dorsal fins. The teeth are very long and narrow with sharp points. The teeth are smooth with no ridges. The tail is one third of the entire body size.[1]


Sand Tiger Sharks live in water depths ranging from 0 to 190 meters. They are found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans. They are commonly found in surf zones.[2]


Carcharias species hunt bony fish, small sharks, rays, squids, crabs, and lobsters.[2]


Carcharias are 250 centimeters long on average. The maximum weight of the shark is 158.8 kg. [3]



Cretaceous species[4][edit]

Paleogene species[4][edit]



  1. ^ Garman. "sand Shark". Retrieved 4/30/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Sand Tiger Sharks, Carcharias taurus". Retrieved 5/1/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Carcharias taurus". Retrieved 5/1/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ a b c Carcharias RAFINESQUE 1810 Sand tiger — Lower Cretaceous - Recent Accessed 2008/07/07
  5. ^ "Sylvestrilamia CAPPETTA & NOLF 2005 Extinct sand tiger shark — Palaeocene - Eocene Accessed 2008/07/07". 
  6. ^ Shark teeth references Accessed 2008/07/07