Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Lamniformes
(Mackerel sharks) > Odontaspididae
Etymology: Carcharias: Greek, karcharos = sharpen (Ref. 45335). 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 / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal. Tropical; 26°N - 9°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 370 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 247); common length : 280 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Indian Ocean: India and Pakistan. Possibly in Indonesia, Indochina, Australia, Philippines and northern China.
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.8125 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00412 - 0.02920), b=3.03 (2.80 - 3.26), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Fec assumed to be <10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (71 of 100) .