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

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Carcharias tricuspidatus DAY, 1878

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


Citation: Carcharias tricuspidatus DAY, 1878: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2015

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Carcharias tricuspidatus DAY, 1878, © FAO,
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