List of sharks

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Identification of the 8 extant shark orders

Sharks belong to the superorder Selachimorpha in the subclass Elasmobranchii, in the class Chondrichthyes. The Elasmobranchii also include rays and skates; the Chondrichthyes also include Chimaeras. The first sharks appeared in the oceans 440 million years ago.

Listed below are extant species of shark. Sharks are spread across 508 described species in nine orders. The families and genera within the orders are listed in alphabetical order.

Cow and frilled sharks[edit]

Bramble sharks[edit]

Dogfish sharks[edit]


Angel sharks[edit]

Bullhead sharks[edit]

Mackerel sharks[edit]

Carpet sharks[edit]

Ground sharks[edit]

See also[edit]