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Genus: Odontaspis, Sand Tiger Shark, Smalltooth Sand Tiger Sharks

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

snout long, cónical
eyes large
D1 > D2
origin D1 over pectoral edge
fins short, angular
teeth long, curved
2 rows large central teeth



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

A circumglobal, tropical to subtropical genus with two species, with both occurring in our region.