Carcharodon carcharias

Species: Carcharodon carcharias

English Name: Great White Shark

Chinese Name: 大白鲨

Family: Lamnidae


A huge, spindle-shaped shark, the snout is conical- shaped, and has large, triangular, saw-edged teeth. The body of this shark is lead-grey to brown or black above, lighter on sides, and white below. Can grow up to a length of 541 cm. Lives on the continental and insular shelves, but also off oceanic islands far from land. Preys on bony fishes, sharks, rays, seals, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds, carrion, squid, octopi, crabs and whales. Used for minor commercialization.

© 2007 pterantula

© 2007 pterantula

© 2007 Ken Bondy

© 2007 Ken Bondy

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– 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.