Family Rhincodontidae - Whale shark
No. in FishBase
Genera : 1 | Species : 1 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
Distribution: tropical waters. Often near the surface, sometimes in schools of up to hundreds of sharks. Whale sharks are apparently highly migratory, probably timed with blooms of planktonic organisms. Five exceptionally large gill openings, the fifth behind origin of pectoral fin, over fin base. Elongated gill rakers. Mouth terminal. Reduced teeth. A unique color pattern of light spots and vertical and horizontal stripes, in the form of a checkerboard. Planktivorous. Maximum reported length 13.7 m, (world's largest fish). Young probably born fully developed.
Greek, rhyngchos = snout, muzzle + Greek, odous, odontos = tooth, teeth ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
  Main Ref
  Deep Fin Classification

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Rhincodontidae as currently in FishBase

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The list ordered as follows:

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828
Rhiniodon typus (Smith, 1828)
! Rhicodon typus Smith, 1828
! Rhineodon typus Smith, 1828
Rhinodon typicus Müller & Henle, 1839
Rhinodon typicus Smith, 1845
Rhinodon pentalineatus Kishinouye, 1901
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