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.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Chondrichthyes (= Elasmobranchii)

Order
Carcharhiniformes

Family
Carcharhinidae

Genus
Carcharhinus

Species
falciformis

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)

Status

Near threatened

Distribution

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

References

  • Grove, J.S. Lavenberg, R.J. (1997) The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford University Press, Stanford California. 862 pp.
  • Humann, P. Deloach, N. (2003) Reef Fish Identification - Galapagos. New World Publication, Inc. Florida USA & Libri Mundi, Quito, Ecuador, 226 pp.
  • 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 http://www.marinespecies.org.
  • IUCN (2010) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 April 2010.
  • Bonfil, R. Amorim, A., Anderson, C., Arauz, R., Baum, J., Clarke, S.C., Graham, R.T., Gonzalez, M., Jolón, M., Kyne, P.M., Mancini, P., Márquez, F., Ruíz, C. & Smith, W. (2007) Carcharhinus falciformis www.iucnredlist.org
  • Froese, R. Pauly, D. (eds.) (2010) FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org
  • 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.

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