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Galeorhinus galeus

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: Triakidae
Genus: Galeorhinus
Species: G. galeus

The school shark, tope shark, soupfin shark or snapper shark, Galeorhinus galeus, is a hound shark of the family Triakidae, the only member of the genus Galeorhinus, found worldwide in subtropical seas at depths of up to 550 metres (1,800 ft). It grows to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) long.

Reproduction is ovoviviparous.

Sustainable Consumption

In 2010, Greenpeace International has added the school shark to its seafood red list. "The Greenpeace International seafood red list is a list of fish that are commonly sold in supermarkets around the world, and which have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries."[1]


The meat of the school shark is consumed in Spanish cuisine where it is usually known as cazon. Among recipes are the traditional "Cazon en adobo". In Mexican cuisine the term cazon refers to other species, and is prepared similarly.


1. ^ "International Seafood Red list". Greenpeace

* Walker et al. (2005). Galeorhinus galeus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a lengthy justification of why this species is vulnerable
* "Galeorhinus galeus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=160181. Retrieved 23 January 2006.
* Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2005). "Galeorhinus galeus" in FishBase. 10 2005 version.

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