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Australian Sharks



FAMILY : Cat sharks

Draughtboard Shark
(Cephaloscyllium laticeps)
Draughtboard Shark
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FAMILY : False cat shark

False Catshark
(Pseudotriakis microdon)
False Catshark
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FAMILY : Hammerhead sharks

Scalloped Hammerhead
(Sphyrna lewini)
Scalloped Hammerhead
The Scalloped Hammerhead is a large hammerhead shark. The front of the head has an undulating margin with a central notch. The side wings of the head are narrow with margins swept backward. The first dorsal fin is high and second dorsal and pelvic... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Hound sharks

Gummy Shark
(Mustelus antarcticus)
Gummy Shark
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FAMILY : Requiem sharks

Blacktip Reef Shark
(Carcharhinus melanopterus)
Blacktip Reef Shark
The Blacktip Reef Shark brownish is a small shark with bluntly rounded snout. It is yellow to grey above with white underside. There is a dark stripe running from under the first dorsal fin to above the ventral fin. The first dorsal fin and lower... Click to continue>
Bull Shark
(Carcharhinus leucas)
Bull Shark
The Bull Shark is a large shark with stout body, short blunt snout, and adults have no fin markings. It has two dorsal fins, the second is about one third the height of the first. The eye is small and there is no ridge between the two dorsal fins.... Click to continue>
Dusky Shark
(Carcharhinus obscurus)
Dusky Shark
The Dusky Shark is a large shark with a pointed snout, long curved pectoral fins and a ridge between the two dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin is tall and the second is low and broad. The upper teeth are triangular and serrated. The lower jaw teeth... Click to continue>
Grey Whaler Shark
(Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
Grey Whaler Shark
The Grey Whaler Shark is bronze to grey above with white underside. It has a black tail fin margin. The undersides of the pectoral and pelvic fins have black tips and black trailing margins. There is an indistinct stripe along the side from above... Click to continue>
Silky Shark
(Carcharhinus falciformis)
Silky Shark
The Silky Shark is a large slender shark with a long rounded snout and low ridge between the dorsal fins. It is grey, blue grey or dark brown above with white underside. The first dorsal fin is uniformly coloured. The other fins may have dusky tips.... Click to continue>
Tiger Shark
(Galeocerdo cuvier)
Tiger Shark
The Tiger Shark is a large shark with a broad, blunt rounded snout. The mouth has large, serrated cocks-comb-shaped teeth. The body is grey above with vertical dark grey to black bars and spots which fade in adults. The underside is white. Small... Click to continue>
Blue Shark
(Prionace glauca)
Blue Shark
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Whitetip Reef Shark
(Triaenodon obesus)
Whitetip Reef Shark
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FAMILY : Bullhead sharks

Crested Horn shark
(Heterodontus galeatus)
Crested Horn shark
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Japanese Bullhead Shark
(Heterodontus japonicus)
Japanese Bullhead Shark
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Port Jackson Shark
(Heterodontus portusjacksoni)
Port Jackson Shark
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FAMILY : Frilled sharks

Frill Shark
(Chlamydoselachus anguineus)
Frill Shark
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Sharpnose Sevengill Shark
(Heptranchias perlo)
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark
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Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
(Hexanchus griseus)
Bluntnose Sixgill Shark
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Broadnose Shark
(Notorynchus cepedianus)
Broadnose Shark
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FAMILY : Basking shark

Basking Shark
(Cetorhinus maximus)
Basking Shark
The Basking Shark is a large shark with five very long gill slits that almost encircle the head. It has two dorsal fins the front one is large and rear is small. The tail is crescent shaped. The mouth is huge and teeth are very small. The snout is... Click to continue>

FAMILY : Mackerel sharks

Great White Shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Great White Shark
The Great White Shark has a large spindle shaped body, a conical snout and large first dorsal fin and pectoral fins. It is grey or bronze or black above with white underside. The teeth are triangular and serrated. The eyes are small and black. It... Click to continue>
Shortfin Mako
(Isurus oxyrinchus)
Shortfin Mako
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Porbeagle Shark
(Lamna nasus)
Porbeagle Shark
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FAMILY : Megamouth shark

Megamouth Shark
(Megachasma pelagios)
Megamouth Shark
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FAMILY : Raggedtooths

Grey Nurse Shark
(Carcharias taurus)
Grey Nurse Shark
The Greynurse Shark is grey-brown, pale brown or grey on top with whitish underside. The two dorsal fins and the anal fin are similar in size. It has a short pointed snout and small eyes. The tail has a distinct notch in the top lobe. Juveniles have... Click to continue>


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