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Mackerel Sharks (Order: Lamniformes) - Wiki
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Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.jpg
Resolution: 1200x835 File Size: 670776 Bytes Date: 2006:08:12 11:18:28 Camera: NIKON D70s (NIKON CORPORATION) F number: f/4.0 Exposure: 10/2500 sec Focal Length: 240/10 Upload Date: 2007:09:19 10:51:39

Mackerel Sharks (Order: Lamniformes) - Wiki

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[Photo] Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. Date August 2006. Photo by Terry Goss, Copyright 2006. Taken at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, August 2006. Shot with Nikon D70s in Ikelite housing, in natural light. Animal estimated at 11-12 feet (3.3 to 3.6 m) in length, age unknown. More photos can be found at ( Author (C) 2006 Terry Goss. License: GNU Free Documentation License.

Lamniformes is an order of sharks, also known as mackerel sharks (which may also be used to refer to the sub-group of Lamniformes, Lamnidae). It includes some of the most familiar species of sharks, such as the great white shark, and some extremely rare types, such as the megamouth shark.

Characteristics of the order include: two dorsal fins, an anal fin, five gill slits, eyes without nictitating membrane, and mouth extending behind the eyes.


Family Alopiidae (thresher sharks)
Pelagic thresher, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura, 1935
Bigeye thresher, Alopias superciliosus (Lowe, 1841)
Thintail thresher, Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788)
Alopias sp.

Family Cetorhinidae (basking shark)
Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus (Gunnerus, 1765)

Family Lamnidae (mackerel sharks)
Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758)
Megatooth shark, Carcharodon megalodon Agassiz, 1843 Extinct
Shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810
Longfin mako, Isurus paucus Guitart Manday, 1966
Salmon shark, Lamna ditropis Hubbs & Follett, 1947
Porbeagle shark, Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Family Megachasmidae (megamouth shark)
Megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios Taylor, Compagno & Struhsaker, 1983

Family Mitsukurinidae (goblin shark)
Goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni Jordan, 1898

Family Odontaspididae (Raggedtooths)
Grey nurse shark or sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus Rafinesque, 1810
Indian sand tiger, Carcharias tricuspidatus Day, 1878
Smalltooth sand tiger or bumpytail raggedtooth, Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810)
Bigeye sand tiger, Odontaspis noronhai (Maul, 1955)

Family Pseudocarchariidae (crocodile shark)
Crocodile shark, Pseudocarcharias kamoharai (Matsubara, 1936)
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