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Carcharhinus plumbeus

Carcharhinus plumbeus , Photo : NOAA-PIRO Observer Program

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Classis: Chondrichthyes
Subclassis: Elasmobranchii
Superordo: Selachimorpha
Ordo: Carcharhiniformes
Familia: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Carcharhinus
Species: Carcharhinus plumbeus


Carcharhinus plumbeus (Nardo, 1827)


* Squalus plumbeus Nardo, 1827
* Carcharias milberti Müller & Henle, 1839
* Carcharhinus milberti Müller & Henle, 1839
* Eulamia milberti Müller & Henle, 1839
* Lamna caudata DeKay, 1842
* Carcharias ceruleus DeKay, 1842
* Squalus caecchia Nardo, 1847
* Carcharhinus japonicus Temminck & Schlegel, 1850
* Carcharias japonicus Temminck & Schlegel, 1850
* Carcharias obtusirostris Moreau, 1881
* Carcharias stevensi Ogilby, 1911
* Galeolamna stevensi Ogilby, 1911
* Carcharinus latistomus Fang & Wang, 1932
* Carcharias latistomus Fang & Wang, 1932
* Galeolamna dorsalis Whitley, 1944


* Nardo, G. D. 1827. Prodromus observationum et disquisitionum Adriaticae ichthyologiae. Giorn. Fisica Chimica Storia Nat. Med. Arti, Pavia 22-40.

Vernacular Name
English: Sandbar shark

The sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus, is a species of requiem shark, family Carcharhinidae, native to the Atlantic Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. It is distinguishable by its very high first dorsal fin and inter-dorsal ridge.[2]

The sandbar shark is also called the thickskin shark or brown shark. It is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world, and is closely related to the dusky shark, the bignose shark, and the bull shark. Its dorsal fin is triangular and very high. Sandbar sharks usually have heavy-set bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark's snout. Their upper teeth have broadly uneven cusps with sharp edges. Its second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. Females can grow to 2/2.5 m, males up to 1.8 m. Its body color can vary from a bluish to a brownish grey to a bronze, with a white or pale underside. Sandbar sharks swim alone or gather in sex-segregated schools that vary in size.

The sandbar shark, true to its nickname, is commonly found over muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters such as bays, estuaries, harbors, or the mouths of rivers, but it also swims in deeper waters (200 m or more) as well as intertidal zones. Sandbar sharks are found in tropical to temperate waters worldwide; in the western Atlantic they range from Massachusetts to Brazil. Juveniles are common to abundant in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and nursery grounds are found from Delaware Bay to South Carolina. Other nursery grounds include Boncuk Bay in Marmaris, Muğla/Turkey[3]
Sandbar shark caught in the Atlantic.

Natural predators are the tiger sharks, and rarely great white sharks. The sandbar sharks prey on fish, rays, and crabs.

Sandbar sharks are viviparous. The embryos are supported in placental yolk sac inside the mother. The female has a triennial reproductive cycle and give birth to an average of 8 pups. They carry the young for 1 year before birth.


^ Shark Specialist Group (2000). Carcharhinus plumbeus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on May 9, 2006.
^ Ferrari, A. and A. (2002). Sharks. New York: Firefly Books. ISBN 1552096297.
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"Carcharhinus plumbeus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 23 January 2006.
Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2005). "Carcharhinus plumbeus" in FishBase. 10 2005 version.

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