Sharks

36 known and identified Shark species within Maltese waters

Order: Hexanchiformes (Cow and Frilled Sharks)

Family: Hexanchidae (Sixgill and Seven gill Sharks)

Heptranchias perlo Sharpnose Sevengill Shark  
Hexanchus griseus Bluntnose Sixgill Shark  

Order: Squaliformes (Dogfish Sharks)

Family: Echinorhinidae (Bramble Sharks)

Echinorhinus brucus Bramble Shark  

Family: Squalidae (Dogfish Sharks)

Squalus acanthias Piked Dogfish (Spurdog)  
Squalus blainvillei Longnose Spurdog  

Family: Centrophoridae (Gulper Sharks)

Centrophorus¬† granulosus Gulper Shark  
Centrophorus uyato Dwarf Gulper Shark  

Family: Etmopteridae (Lantern Sharks)

Etmopterus spinax Velvet Belly Shark  

Family: Somniosidae (Sleeper Sharks)

Centroscymnus coelolepis Portuguese Dogfish  

Family: Oxynotidae (Roughsharks)

Oxynotus centrina Angular Rough Shark  

Family: Dalatiidae (Kitefin Sharks)

Dalatias licha Kitefin Shark  

Order: Squatiniformes (Angel Sharks)

Family: Squatinidae (Angel Sharks)

Squatina aculeata Sawback Angel Shark  
Squatina oculata Smoothback Angel Shark  
Squatina squatina Angel Shark  

Order: Lamniformes (Mackerel Sharks)

Family: Odontaspididae (Sandtiger Sharks)

Carcharias taurus Sandtiger Shark  
Odontaspis ferox Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark  

Family: Alopiidae (Thresher Sharks)

Alopias superciliosus Bigeye Thresher Shark  
Alopias vulpinus Thresher Shark  

Family: Cetorhinidae (Basking Sharks)

Cetorhinus maximus Basking Shark  

Family: Lamnidae (Mackerel Sharks)

Carcharodon carcharias Great White Shark  
Isurus oxyrinchus Shortfin Mako Shark  
Lamna nasus Porbeagle Shark  

Order: Carcharhiniformes (Ground Sharks)

Family: Scyliorhinidae (Catsharks)

Galeus melastomus Blackmouth Catshark  
Scyliorhinus canicula Lesser spotted Catshark  
Scyliorhinus stellaris Nursehound  

Family: Triakidae (Houndsharks)

Galeorhinus galeus Tope / School Shark  
Mustelus asterias Starry smoothhound  
Mustelus mustelus Smoothhound  
Mustelus punctulatus BlackspottedSmoothhound  

Family: Carcharhinidae (Requiem Sharks)

Carcharhinus brachyurus Copper / Bronze Whaler Shark  
Carcharhinus brevipinna Spinner Shark  
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark  
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark  
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar Shark  
Prionace glauca Blue Shark  

Family: Sphyrnidae (Hammerhead Sharks)

Sphyrna zygaena Smooth Hammerhead  

 

 

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