Galeocerdo cuvieri [Status Unaccepted]   (Peron & Lesueur,  1822) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

Image copyrights: Animal Pictures Archive

Size: 750 cm TL

Max. published weight: 807.4 kg

Color: Grey above with vertical dark grey to black bars and spots which appear faded in adults, white below.

A huge, vertical tiger-striped shark with a broad, bluntly rounded snout. Body rather elongate, tapering; deepening with age. Mouth cresentic. Head depressed. Head 4.2-4.6 to subcaudal origin. Depth of body 4.7-5.2 to subcaudal origin. Snout about 3 in head. Interorbital space 1.55 in head. Eye 9.8-10.0 in head. Small spiracles present. nictitating membrane present. gill openings about half length of snout. Inclined, somewhat triangular teeth with serrated edges in both jaws. Caudal with notch at base, both above and below. First dorsal origin midway between tip of snout and second dorsal origin. Second dorsal and anal moderate, of equal size and situated approximately opposite. Second dorsal twice nearer to base of caudal than to first dorsal. Pectoral 1.2-1.3 times height of first dorsal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Galeocerdo cuvier Smith, 1949
Galeocerdo rayneri Day, 1878
Galeocerdo rayneri MacDonald & Barrow, 1878
Galeocerdo tigrinus Day, 1878
Squalus cuvier Le Seuer, 1822
Squalus cuvieri Le Sueur, 1822
Galeocerda cuvieri Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Tiger Shark (English)
• Waghbeer (Kannada)
• Pullia (Kannada)
• Kalla Sravu (Malayalam)
• Kalvari (Malayalam)
• Bhoovar (Marathi)
• Kurangu Sorrah (Tamil)
• Vulluvan Sorrah (Tamil)
• Kethalam Sorrah (Telugu)
• Vorimiyaru
• Valiyasurav
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries, gamefish

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Sharks, bony fishes
IUCN Status:  Near Threatened


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 2000-2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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