Carcharias tricuspidatus

DAY, 1878

Indian sand tiger
Classification: Elasmobranchii Lamniformes Odontaspididae

Reference of the original description
DAY, F. (1878)
The Fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the seas and fresh waters of India, Burma, and Ceylon. B. Quaritch, London, Part 4: i–xx + 553–779, Pls. 139–195

Carcharias tricuspidatus
Holotype: ZSI: 2337 or 2772 (apparently lost)

Description :

Citation: Carcharias tricuspidatus DAY, 1878: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 10/2017

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Common names
spa Toro bambaco, fra \(T\) Requin brisant, fra \(T\) Requin-taureau bambak, eng Blue nurse sand-tiger, eng Blue nurse shark, eng Indian sand tiger

Indian Ocean: India and Pakistan. Possibly in Indonesia, Indochina, Australia, Philippines and northern China.

Human uses
fisheries: subsistence fisheries

Distinct pairing with embrace [17086].

Size / Weight / Age
370 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

demersal; marine

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Udonella myliobati (GUBERLET, 1936) [15299]

  • Crossobothrium dohrnii (OERLEY, 1885) RUHNKE, 1996 [11635] [24956]
  • Grillotia erinaceus (VAN BENEDEN, 1858) [16112]
  • Grillotia sp. [16112]
  • Orygmatobothrium musteli (VAN BENEDEN, 1850) [16443]
  • Pintneriella musculicola YAMAGUTI, 1934 [16210] [16112]

  • Terranova galeocerdonis (THWAITE, 1927) [7401]
  • Terranova sp. [23910]

  • Pontobdella loricata (HARDING, 1924) [8262]