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Class: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae Requiem sharks

Genus: Rhizoprionodon

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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 175 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon acutus (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Photo by Cambraia Duarte, P.M.N. (c)ImagDOP
 
Rhizoprionodon acutus
[Milk shark]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon lalandii (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Photo by Photo by Vianna, M.
 
Rhizoprionodon lalandii
[Brazilian sharpnose shark]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 154 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon longurio (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Rhizoprionodon longurio
[Pacific sharpnose shark]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Springer, 1964

Photo by Photo by Osmany, H.B.
 
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx
[Grey sharpnose shark]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 113 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Poey, 1861)

Photo by Photo by Monzini, J.
 
Rhizoprionodon porosus
[Caribbean sharpnose shark]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 69.1 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon taylori (Ogilby, 1915)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Rhizoprionodon taylori
[Australian sharpnose shark]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 110 cm TL
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Richardson, 1836)

Photo by Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
[Atlantic sharpnose shark]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Rhizoprionodon acutus Milk shark Eastern Atlantic 175 TL 1837
Rhizoprionodon lalandii Brazilian sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 80 TL 1839
Rhizoprionodon longurio Pacific sharpnose shark Eastern Pacific 154 TL 1882
Rhizoprionodon oligolinx Grey sharpnose shark Indo-West Pacific 70 TL 1964
Rhizoprionodon porosus Caribbean sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 113 TL 1861
Rhizoprionodon taylori Australian sharpnose shark Western Pacific 69.1 TL 1915
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic sharpnose shark Western Atlantic 110 TL 1836



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