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 Speartooth shark (Glyphis glyphis)

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Speartooth shark
No image of Speartooth shark found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Requiem sharks (Carcharhinidae)
      Genus: Glyphis (Glyphis)


Scientific: Glyphis glyphis
German: Speerzahnhai
English: Speartooth shark
French: Requin lancette
Spanish: Tiburón lanza


Appearance of a typical requiem shark with a broadly rounded snout. Small eyes. The origin of the first dorsal fin is over the rear ends of the pectoral fin bases. Second dorsal fin relatively high, about 3/5 of the first dorsal fin. No interdorsal ridge.


Grey-brown with light ventral surface light and no markings.


Western Pacific: Borneo, New Guinea, Australia (Queensland).


The biology of this spieces is nearly unknown. It may live in freshwater too.


Not yet examined.


Unknown, but at least 100 cm.


Unknown, but probably viviparous.

 Similar Species

Looks similar to Ganges shark and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish.


Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

Main criterion: > EN (Endangered)
Sub criterion: C2a
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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