The Requiem Sharks

Carcharhinidae, or the Requiem shark family, belongs to the order Carcharhiniformes and has some very interesting members, including the only freshwater species.

Tiger Shark - Carcharhinida

This is one of the largest families with 54 species in 12 genera.

  • Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
  • Australian Blacktip Shark
  • Australian Sharpnose Shark
  • Bigeye, or Java Shark
  • Bignose Shark
  • Bizant River Shark
  • Blacknose Shark
  • Blackspot Shark
  • Blacktip Reef Shark
  • Blacktip Shark
  • Blue Shark
  • Borneo River Shark
  • Borneo Shark
  • Brazilian Sharpnose Shark
  • Broadfin Shark
  • Bronze Whaler
  • Bull Shark
  • Caribbean Reef Shark
  • Caribbean Sharpnose Shark
  • Creek Whaler
  • Daggernose Shark
  • Dusky Shark
  • False Smalltail Shark
  • Finetooth Shark
  • Galapagos Shark
  • Ganges Shark
  • Graceful Shark

  • Grey Reef Shark
  • Grey Sharpnose Shark
  • Hardnose Shark
  • Irrawaddy Shark
  • Lemon Shark
  • Milk Shark
  • Nervous Shark
  • New Guinea River Shark
  • Night Shark
  • Oceanic Whitetip Shark
  • Pacific Sharpnose Shark
  • Pondicherry Shark
  • Sandbar Shark
  • Sharptooth Lemon Shark
  • Silky Shark
  • Silvertip Shark
  • Sliteye Shark
  • Smalltail Shark
  • Smoothtooth Blacktip
  • Spadenose Shark
  • Speartooth Shark
  • Spinner Shark
  • Spottail Shark
  • Tiger Shark
  • Whitecheek Shark
  • Whitenose Shark
  • Whitetip Reef Shark

Requiem sharks are found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters. The Bull Shark and the River Sharks can also be found in rivers inland.

Carcharhinidae Characteristics:

  • General Body Shape - Spindle shaped bodies being wider in the middle and tapering towards the nose and tail. Most members of this family are medium to large in size, usually ranging from about 1 - 3m, though some smaller members are less than a metre in length and larger ones may be over 7m.

  • Eyes - Eyes are round and have an internal nictitating membrane for protection.

  • Teeth - The sharks have arched mouths with blade-like teeth. The teeth of the upper jaw are often broader then those in the lower jaw.

  • Gills - They have five gill slits and spiracles are often not present. Some of these sharks breathe by the ram-ventilation method and, therefore, need to keep moving in the water.

  • Fins - The pectoral fins are situated behind the gill slits. The first dorsal fin is bigger than the second and usually set well ahead of the pelvic fins. The upper lobe of the caudal fin is bigger than the lower. One anal fin present.

Requiem sharks are active hunters and eat a wide range of prey. Some are opportunistic scavengers.

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