Galapagos Species Checklist

Carcharhinus falciformis (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Tiburón piloto, Tiburón jaquetón, Silky shark

Size: To a length of ca. 3.3 m.

Habitat: Pelagic, prefer oceanic areas along the edges of continental and insular shelves, especially over deep-water reefs and insular slopes.










Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Aprionodon sitankaiensis Herre, 1934, Carcharhinus atrodorsus Deng, Xiong & Zhan, 1981, Carcharhinus floridanus Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1943, Carcharhinus floridianus Bigelow, Schroeder & Springer, 1943, Carcharhinus menisorrah (Müller & Henle, 1839), Carcharias falciformis Müller & Henle, 1839, Carcharias falcipinnis Lowe, 1839, Carcharias menisorrah Müller & Henle, 1839, Eulamia malpeloensis Fowler, 1944, Eulamia menisorrah (Müller & Henle, 1839), Gymnorhinus pharaonis Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1899, Prionodon tiburo (Poey, 1860), Squalus tiburo Poey, 1860, fide Appeltans et al. (2010)

Taxon origin: Native


Near threatened


Distribution: Circumtropical; Widely distributed in the tropical eastern Pacific from the Gulf of California to nothern Chile, and especially at oceanic islands including Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo, Revillagigedos and Galápagos


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