Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Lamniformes
(Mackerel sharks) > Carchariidae
Etymology: Carcharias: From the Ancient Greek karkharías, shark, derived from kárkharos, sharp or jagged, referring to a shark’s teeth. (See ETYFish); tricuspidatus: -atus (L.), provided with: tricuspid teeth, referring to how “awl-shaped” teeth have a “small basal cusp” (or cusplet) on both sides of smooth main cusp [perhaps a junior synonym of C. taurus]. (See ETYFish).
More on author: Day.
Questionably a synonym of Carcharias taurus (Ref. 35766, 43278).
Questionably a synonym of Carcharias taurus Rafinesque 1810 (Compagno 2001:58; Ref. 43278).
Probably a junior synonym of Carcharias taurus, thus, regarded as a doubtfu
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Tropical; 26°N - 9°N
Indian Ocean: India and Pakistan. Possibly in Indonesia, Indochina, Australia, Philippines and northern China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 370 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 247); common length : 280 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing with embrace (Ref. 205).
Compagno, L.J.V., 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/1):1-249. Rome, FAO. (Ref. 247)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.8125 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00402 - 0.02853), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec assumed to be <10).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (90 of 100).