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Shark Database (Version 2.0)
Database Logo You can search the Shark Database for shark species and names, their degree of endangerment and their range (distribution). The database also controls the interactive path through shark orders.
The classification - i.e. the biological separation of sharks into orders, families and species - follows a system established by Dr. Leonard J. V. Compagno.
Species > Information on individual shark species
   Search here for descriptions of
   shark species found in the
   > more

Ranges > Search for the distribution of shark species
   Search here for distribution of the various
   shark species found in the
   > more

Phylogenetic Tree > Interactive Family Tree
   An interactive, explanatory path through
   shark orders
> more

Orders > Overview of shark orders
   All orders, families and genera of sharks
   with links to descriptions of species found in
   the database
> more

Threatened Species; > Search for endangered shark species
   Specific search for sharks found
   on the Red List of Threatened Species
> more

  > Complex search
   coming soon ...

Data found in the Shark Database (Version 2.0)
  • The online Shark Database contains comprehensive information on more than 159 of the almost 500 known shark species.

  • The database includes a total of 1556 shark names (289 Scientific names, 25 Synonyms, 428 English names, 306 German names, 246 French names, 262 Spanish names).

  • The database includes a total of 1310 entries on the distribution of individual shark species.

  • The current Version 2.0 of the database includes information on the degree of endangerment of 200 shark species. The information stems from the > Red List of Threatened Species of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union). Status: January 10, 2005.

  • The database includes 64 shark photos.
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