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Ground shark information and info on the Carcharhiniformes also known as Ground sharks

Ground sharks, order Carcharhiniformes, are the largest order of sharks. With over 270 species, Ground sharks include a number of common types, such as the blue shark, catsharks, swellsharks, and sandbar shark.

Members of the Ground sharks order are characterized by the presence of a nictitating membrane over the eye, two dorsal fins, an anal fin, and five gill slits.

The families of the Ground sharks are expected to be revised; recent DNA studies show that some of the traditional groups are not monophyletic(two or more groups sharing a common ancestor).

 

Families within this order


Barbeled houndsharks
(Leptochariidae)

Cat sharks
(Scyliorhinidae)

False catsharks
(Pseudotriakidae)

Finback catsharks
(Proscylliidae)

Hammerhead / bonnethead / scoophead sharks
(Sphyrnidae)

Houndsharks
(Triakidae)

Requiem sharks
(Carcharhinidae)

Weasel sharks
(Hemigaleidae)