Carcharodon carcharias Linnaeus 1758 (great white shark)

Chondrichthyes - Lamniformes - Lamnidae

Alternative combinations: Carcharias (Scoliodon) carcharias, Squalus carcharias

Synonyms: Carcharodon caifassi Lawley 1876, Carcharodon etruscus Lawley 1881

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Belongs to Carcharodon according to R. W. Boessenecker 2011

See also Adnet et al. 2009, Applegate and Espinosa-Arrubarrena 1996, Eastman 1904, Kent 2018 and Purdy et al. 2001

Sister taxa: Carcharodon (Procarcharodon), Carcharodon arnoldi, Carcharodon auriculatus, Carcharodon debrayi, Carcharodon disauris, Carcharodon escheri, Carcharodon hastalis, Carcharodon heterodon, Carcharodon hubbelli, Carcharodon humilis, Carcharodon lanceolatus, Carcharodon lanciformis, Carcharodon leptodon, Carcharodon leviathan, Carcharodon megalotis, Carcharodon morricei, Carcharodon orientalis, Carcharodon plicatilis, Carcharodon polygyrus, Carcharodon productus, Carcharodon rectidens, Carcharodon rectus, Carcharodon riversi, Carcharodon rondeleti, Carcharodon semiserratus, Carcharodon subserratus, Carcharodon sulcidens, Carcharodon tembloris, Carcharodon toliapicus, Carcharodon turgidus

Type specimens:

  • Carcharodon carcharias: 1
  • Carcharodon caifassi:
  • Carcharodon etruscus:

Ecology: nektonic carnivore


• Quaternary of Brazil (1 collection), Japan (2), Taiwan (1), United States (6: Alabama, California, Florida, South Carolina)

• Pliocene to Pleistocene of Australia (1)

• Pliocene of Angola (1), Australia (5), Chile (3), Italy (3), Japan (1), Libya (1), Mexico (1), New Zealand (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), United States (5: California, North Carolina)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Chile (2), Mexico (1)

• Miocene of Chile (2), Cuba (1), India (4), Mexico (1), Panama (1), Peru (2), United States (1: Florida)

Total: 49 collections each including a single occurrence

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