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Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark; Tiger shark; Spotted shark; Maneater shark; Leopard shark)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is a species of requiem shark and the only extant member of the genus Galeocerdo. Commonly known as the "Sea Tiger", the tiger shark is a relatively large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over 5 m (16 ft 5 in). It is found in many tropical and temperate waters, and it is especially common around central Pacific islands. Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body which resemble a tiger's pattern, which fade as the shark matures.
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Litter Size [2]  32
Maximum Longevity [2]  50 years
Migration [3]  Oceanodromous
Speed [4]  19.864 MPH (8.88 m/s)
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  979.012 lbs (444.07 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  7 years
Male Maturity [2]  5 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aldabra Special Reserve 86487 Seychelles    
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Sunderban National Park 261613 India  

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)[6]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adventure Aquarium
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach


Aldabra Special Reserve; Africa-Inland Waters; Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Andaman Sea; Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Arabian Sea; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Bay of Bengal; Belize; Benguela Current; Bermuda; Brazil; Brunei Darussalam; California Current; Cambodia; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Cargados Carajos; Caribbean Sea; Caroline Island; Cayman Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Circumglobal in tropical and temperate seas. Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA to Uruguay, including Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland to Angola. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii and Tahiti, north to south; Circumglobal in tropical and temperate seas. Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA to Uruguay, including Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland to Angola. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii and Tahiti, north to southern Japan, south to New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: southern California, USA to Peru, including the Revillagigedo, Cocos, and Galapagos islands. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cocos I. Costa Rica; Colombia; Comoros; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Costa Rica; Cuba; Côte d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; East Central Australian Shelf; East China Sea; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Eritrea; Fiji Islands; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Galapagos Islands; Gambia; Ghana; Great Barrier Reef; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guam; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Aden; Gulf of Aqaba; Gulf of Mexico; Gulf of Oman; Gulf of Thailand; Guyana; Haiti; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Hong Kong; Iceland; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Iran (Islamic Rep. of); Iraq; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Johnston Island; Jordan; Kenya; Kermadec Islands; Kiribati; Korea, Dem. People's Rep; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Kuwait; Liberia; Lord Howe Island; Macau; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marquesas Islands; Marshall Islands; Martinique; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Montserrat; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nauru; Netherlands Antilles; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Nicaragua; Niue; Norfolk Island; North Australian Shelf; North Brazil Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Oman; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Pakistan; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Persian Gulf; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Puerto Rico; Qatar; Red Sea; Revillagigedo; Rodriguez; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Sea of Japan; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somali Coastal Current; Somalia; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; South China Sea; Southeast Australian Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southwest Australian Shelf; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Suriname; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tasman Sea; Thailand; Tokelau; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuamoto Islands; Turks and Caicos Is.; Tuvalu; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); United Arab Emirates; Uruguay; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Viet Nam; Virgin Islands (UK); Wallis and Futuna Is.; West Central Australian Shelf; Yellow Sea; Yemen;

External References



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