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Temporal range: 16–0 Ma
Carcharodon carcharias.jpg
Great white shark, (Carcharodon carcharias)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Lamnidae
Genus: Carcharodon
A. Smith, 1838

Carcharodon is a genus of sharks within the family Lamnidae. The only extant member of the genus is the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). Extinct members of the genus include Carcharodon caifassii and Carcharodon hubbelli. Carcharocles megalodon is still argued by some paleontologists (e.g. Michael D. Gottfried and Robert Ewan Fordyce) to be a close relative of Carcharodon carcharias.[1][2] The megalodon's scientific name was originally 'Carcharodon' megalodon.

The name of the genus comes from the Greek for “sharp/jagged tooth”. A genus of carnivorous dinosaur, with similarly-shaped teeth to Carcharodon sharks was given the name Carcharodontosaurus.


  1. ^ "Carcharodon hubbelli a.k.a. Hubbell's white shark". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  2. ^ Ehret, D.J.; et al. (November 2012). "Origin of the white shark Carcharodon (Lamniformes: Lamnidae) based on recalibration of the Upper Neogene Pisco Formation of Peru". Palaeontology. 55 (6): 1139–1153. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01201.x.