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
Taxon native but not endemic.
Near Threatened - Is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.
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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.