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Carcharias taurus Sand tiger shark, Grey Nurse Shark


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lexID:
928 
AphiaID:
105843 
Scientific:
Carcharias taurus 
German:
Sandtigerhai 
English:
Sand Tiger Shark, Grey Nurse Shark 
Category:
Sharks 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Elasmobranchii (Class) > Lamniformes (Order) > Odontaspididae (Family) > Carcharias (Genus) > taurus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Rafinesque, 1810 
Occurrence:
Africa, Australia, Central Pazific, China, East-Atlantic Ocean, Mexico (East Pacific), Red Sea, South-Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, USA, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Sea depth:
1 - 119 Meter 
Size:
up to 137.8" (350 cm) 
Weight:
160 kg 
Temperature:
71.6 °F - 78.8 °F (22°C - 26°C) 
Food:
Big fish, Crustaceans, Edible crab, Fish (little fishes), Rock lobster, Sepia, Small Sharks, Stringrays (small ones) 
Tank:
109989.22 gal (~ 500000L) 
Difficulty:
Only for advanced aquarists 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2004-09-23 17:34:23 

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Rafinesque, 1810

The Grey Nurse Shark also known as the sand tiger shark or spotted ragged-tooth shark, is one of four species belonging to the family Odontaspididae. The species has a large, rather stout body and is coloured grey to grey-brown dorsally, with a paler off white under belly. Reddish or brownish spots may occur on the caudal fin and posterior half of the body, particularly in juveniles. The species has a conical snout, long awl-like teeth in both jaws (with single lateral cusplets), similarly sized first and second dorsal fin and an asymmetrical caudal fin. Grey nurse sharks grow to at least 360 cm total length. The grey nurse shark is a slow but strong swimmer and is generally more active at night.

Grey nurse sharks are often observed just above the sea bed in or near deep sandy-bottomed gutters or rocky caves, in the vicinity of inshore rocky reefs and islands. The diet of the adult grey nurse shark consists of a wide range of fish, other sharks, squids, crabs and lobsters.

Grey nurse sharks have a broad inshore distribution, primarily in subtropical to cool temperate waters around the main continental landmasses.

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Elasmobranchii (Class) > Neoselachii (Subclass) > Selachii (Infraclass) > Galeomorphi (Superorder) > Lamniformes (Order) > Odontaspididae (Family) > Carcharias (Genus

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Eric am 23.06.05#2
Gehört nicht in ein Aquarium. Wenn überhaubt,dann nur in EXTREM! Grosse
Eric am 23.06.05#1
Gehört nicht in ein Aquarium. Wenn überhaubt,dann nur in EXTREM! Grosse
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