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Near Threatened (NT)

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  Common names: shark (English), tiburón (Espanol)
Carcharhinus galapagensis (Snodgrass & Heller, 1905)

Galapagos shark

A large, relatively slender grey shark; snout moderately long and broadly rounded; eyes large, round;  nasal flaps rudimentary; lip furrows short; upper teeth broadly triangular, serrated, straight to slightly oblique; lower teeth with high narrow straight points;  a low ridge between dorsal fins; origin of first dorsal fin above about rear edge of pectoral fins; first dorsal fin moderately large (height 9.1-12.1% or more of TL),  with straight front edge, its apex pointed or narrowly rounded, moderately concave rear edge its origin over rear 1/3 of inner margin of pectoral fin; origin of second dorsal fin about over anal fin origin;  pectorals large, with narrowly rounded to pointed tips and straight rear edge.

Very similar in appearance and easily confused with  C. obscurus;  best means of separation is the taller dorsal fin: 9.1-12.1% of TL in C. galapagensis vs. 5.8-9.9 % in C. obscurus.

Brownish grey on back and sides, white below; tips of most fins dusky, especially underside of pectorals.

Attains 370 cm.

Habitat: usually associated with oceanic islands. Often occurs in aggregations.

Depth: 0-180 m.

Circumtropical distribution; all the oceanic islands, also central Baja California, and the Gulf of California to Peru.


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