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Genus: Carcharias, Sand Tiger Shark, Sand Tiger Sharks

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

snout short, flattened, pointed
eye v small
Ds ~ same size
D1 origin well behind pectoral
teeth long, curved
3 rows large central teeth



Body robust; small round eyes that lack a nictitating membrane; snout flattened, pointed; long, angular mouth; teeth long, slender, curved, 3 rows of large central teeth; five gill slits, none over pectoral; fins relatively short, angular; two dorsal fins of similar size: first slightly larger, with base just behind pectorals, second medium sized, between pelvics and anal; tail fin short, strongly asymmetrical, with short lower lobe.

One species, wide-ranging in warm-temperate and tropical coastal waters of our region.