Galapagos Species Checklist

Galeocerdo cuvier

(Péron & Lesueur, 1822)

Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Division Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes (= Elasmobranchii)
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Galeocerdo

Galeocerdo cuvier  (Péron & Lesueur, 1822)


English common name: Tiger shark

Spanish common name: tiburón tigre, alecrin, tintorera

Taxonomic comments: Syn.: Carcharias fasciatus Bleeker, 1852, Carcharias hemprichii Klunzinger, 1871, Galeocerda cuvier (Péron & Lesueur, 1822) (misspelling), Galeocerdo arcticus (Faber, 1829), Galeocerdo cuvieri (Péron & Lesueur, 1822) (misspelling), Galeocerdo fasciatus van Kampen, 1907, Galeocerdo obtusus Klunzinger, 1871, Galeocerdo rayneri Macdonald & Barron, 1868, Galeocerdo tigrinus Müller & Henle, 1839, Galeus cepedianus Agassiz, 1838, Galeus maculatus Ranzani, 1840, Squalus arcticus Faber, 1829, Squalus cuvier Péron & Lesueur, 1822, fide Appeltans et al. (2010)

Name status: Accepted name; taxon occurs in Galapagos.

Description: Grey above with vertical dark grey to black bars and spots which appear faded in adults, white below.


Last updated: 11 Jan 2013


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  • Id

    Taxon native but not endemic.

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    Questionable Endemic
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IUCN Status

Is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

Near Threatened - Is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The IUCN Red List assessments presented here may deviate from the global IUCN listings for the following reasons:

  • for well-known species groups, such as vascular plants or vertebrates, updates proposed to the IUCN are shown, rather than the outdated, but currently-used status;
  • for poorly-known species groups, such as lichenized fungi, a general assessment is not currently possible, therefore the list presented here is the regional IUCN Red List for the Galapagos Archipelago.


Bioregions: South-eastern.

Galapagos island groups: Santa Cruz.

Benthopelagic, oceanodromous

Please be aware that this distribution map is automatically generated from database records (CDF and external specimens, literature records, and observations) and may not accurately reflect the currently-known distribution for all species.


  • Appeltans, W., Bouchet, P., Boxshall, G.A., Fauchald, K., Gordon, D.P., Hoeksema, B.W., Poore, G.C.B., van Soest, R.W.M., Stöhr, S., Walter, T.C., Costello, M.J. (eds.) (2010) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Available online at
  • Constant, P. (2007) Marine Life of the Galapagos. The Diver's guide to Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and marine Invertebrates, 307 pp.
  • Grove, J.S., Lavenberg, R.J. (1997) The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford University Press, Stanford California. 862 pp.
  • McCosker, J.E., Rosenblatt, R.H. (2010) The fishes of the Galápagos Archipelago: an update. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sc., Ser. 4, vol. 61, Suppl. II, no. 11: 167-195.