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Temporal range: 85–0Ma[1] Late Campanian to Present
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Smalltooth sand tiger (O. ferox)
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Bigeye sand tiger (O. noronhai)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Odontaspididae
Genus: Odontaspis
Agassiz, 1838
Type species
Carcharias ferox
Risso, 1826

Odontaspis is a genus with two extant species in the sand shark family, Odontaspididae. They are large-bodied sharks with long, conical snouts, broad-based dorsal and anal fins, and an asymmetrical caudal fin with a strong lower lobe. Their teeth are large, with prominent narrow cusps.[2] They are distinguished from the similar genus Carcharias by the absence of crushing posterior teeth.[1]




  • Odontaspis aculeatus Capetta & Case, 1975
  • Odontaspis speyeri (Dartevelle & Casier, 1943)
  • Odontaspis winkleri Leriche, 1905

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bourdon, J. Odontaspis Agassiz 1838. Elasmo.com. Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Compagno, L.J.V. (1984). Sharks of the World: An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Shark Species Known to Date. Rome: Food and Agricultural Organization. ISBN 92-5-101384-5.