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 Bigeye sandtiger (Odontaspis noronhai)

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Bigeye sandtiger
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes)
    Family: Sandtiger sharks (Odontaspididae)
      Genus: Odontaspis (Odontaspis)


Scientific: Odontaspis noronhai
German: Grossaugen-Sandtiger
English: Bigeye sandtiger
French: Requin noronhai
Spanish: Solrayo ojigrande


Bulky, with a long, bulbously conical snout. Large eyes, without nictitating membrane. Prominent teeth. Mouth is extending behind the eyes. Origin of first dorsal fin over the rear ends of the pectoral fins. Second dorsal fin over the pelvic fins (over the first thirds of its bases). Low and long anal fin. Precaudal pit present (a feature that is mostly present in requiem sharks and hammerheads).


Uniform chocolate brown, without spots.


Western Atlantic: Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Madeira. Western Indian Ocean: Possibly in the area of the Seychelles.


A little-known deepwater shark. Prefers to live in greater depth between 600 m and 1000 m, over the continental shelves and slopes.




Average size probably around 250 cm and 300 cm, maximum total length about 360 cm.


Unknown, probably aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous).

 Similar Species

Other sandtiger sharks have a similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly differ.


Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans

Unknown, but most likely harmless.

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