Animalia > Chordata > Elasmobranchii > Lamniformes > Lamnidae > Carcharodon > Carcharodon carcharias

Carcharodon carcharias (Maneater shark; White shark; White pointer; White death; Shark; Mango-taniwha; Mango-ururoa; Man-eater shark; Maneater; Man-eater; Man eater; Great white shark; Requin)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is notable for its size, with mature female individuals growing up to 6.1 m (20 ft) in length and 1,950 kg (4,300 lb) in weight. However most are smaller, males measuring 3.35 to 3.96 m (11 ft 0 in to 13 ft 0 in) and females 4.57 to 4.88 m (15 ft 0 in to 16 ft 0 in) on average. According to a 2014 study the lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, well above older estimates, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known. According to the same study, male great white sharks tak
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Litter Size [2]  6
Maximum Longevity [2]  50 years
Migration [3]  Oceanodromous
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Speed [4]  24.852 MPH (11.11 m/s)
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  2.061 tons (1,870.00 kg)
Diet [1]  Carnivore
Male Maturity [2]  9 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Mascarenes Mauritius, France Afrotropic Oceanic Islands    

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Aegean Sea; Alaska (USA); Albania; Algeria; Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Arabian Sea; Argentina; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Benguela Current; Benin; Bermuda; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; California Current; Cameroon; Canada; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Chile; China; Colombia; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Coral Sea and GBR; Cosmopolitan, mostly amphitemperate. Western Atlantic: Newfoundland, Canada to Argentina; also north Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Cuba and Lesser Antilles (Ref. 26938). Eastern Atlantic: France to South Africa, including the Mediterranean. Indian Ocean: ; Cosmopolitan, mostly amphitemperate. Western Atlantic: Newfoundland, Canada to Argentina; also north Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Cuba and Lesser Antilles (Ref. 26938). Eastern Atlantic: France to South Africa, including the Mediterranean. Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Seychelles, South Africa; also Reunion and Mauritius (Ref. 33390). Western Pacific: Siberia to New Zealand and the Marshall Islands; also south Australia (Ref. 26938). Central Pacific: Hawaii. Eastern Pacific: Alaska to Chile. International trade cooperation, Australia (<b>CITES</b> Appendix III, since 28.5.2003; <b>CMS</b> Appendix I and II).; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Côte d'Ivoire; Dominica; East Brazil Shelf; East Central Australian Shelf; East China Sea; Ecuador; Egypt; Eritrea; Fiji Islands; France; Gabon; Galapagos Islands; Ghana; Gibraltar; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guinea Current; Gulf of Alaska; Gulf of California; Gulf of Mexico; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; Humboldt Current; Iberian Coastal; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Korea, Dem. People's Rep; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Lebanon; Liberia; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Macau; Madagascar; Madeira Islands; Malta; Marshall Islands; Martinique; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Midway Islands; Monaco; Montserrat; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Norfolk Island; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Panama; Patagonian Shelf; Persian Gulf; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Portugal; Red Sea; Revillagigedo; Russian Federation; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Saudi Arabia; Scotian Shelf; Sea of Japan; Sea of Marmara; Senegal; Serbia and Montenegro; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Slovenia; Somali Coastal Current; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; South China Sea; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southwest Australian Shelf; Southwest Chilean Waters; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syrian Arab Republic; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tasman Sea; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Tuvalu; USA (contiguous states); Uruguay; Viet Nam; West Central Australian Shelf; Western Sahara; Yellow Sea; Yemen;

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6Mirounga angustirostris, Brent S. Stewart and Harriet R. Huber, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 449, pp. 1-10 (1993)
7Phocoena phocoena, David E. Gaskin, Peter W. Arnold, and Barbara A. Blair, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 42, pp. 1-8 (1974)
8Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
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