Galapagos Species Checklist

Carcharhinus galapagensis

(Snodgrass & Heller, 1905)

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

Carcharhinus galapagensis  (Snodgrass & Heller, 1905)


English common name: Galápagos shark

Spanish common name: tiburón de Galápagos

Local name: tiburón de Galápagos

Taxonomic comments: Syn.: Carcharias galapagensis Snodgrass & Heller, 1905

Name status: Accepted name; taxon occurs in Galapagos.

Description: Silver-gray to gary-brown; white to yellowish white underside. Somewhat rounded snout; long, slender pectoral fins with wide base and pointed tips that are often dusky on underside. Iris silver-gary. Size: Adults average 1.8 to 2.4 m.

Habitat: Clear waters in and around coral reefs and rocky bottoms.

Last updated: 23 Jan 2014


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    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species groups, such as vascular plants or vertebrates, updates proposed to the IUCN are shown, rather than the outdated, but currently-used status;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.

Cosmopolitan in tropical waters, common around islands in the eastern Pacific from central Baja California to Peru, including Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo, Revillagigedos and Ecuador in the Galápagos Islands.

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.


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