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Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark
Information
Range Central Pacific Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Galeocerdo
Species G. Cuvier
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Tiger Shark is a specie from the Galeocerdo genus. It is found in many tropical and temperate waters, and is especially common around central Pacific islands.

AppearanceEdit

The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter. It is notable for having the widest food spectrum of all sharks, with a range of prey that includes crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and even other smaller sharks.

BehaviourEdit

The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter, and is notable for having the widest food spectrum of all sharks, consuming a variety of prey ranging from crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, and sea snakes to dolphins and even other smaller sharks

DietEdit

Tiger shark. ... The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter. It is notable for having the widest food spectrum of all sharks, with a range of prey that includes crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and even other smaller sharks.

LifespanEdit

Some scientists believe that the life expectancy of the Great White Sharks is around 30 years (Levine, 1988) but other research indicates that they can reach up to 40. The lifespan of Tiger Sharks in the wild is believed to be 27 years in average, although some may live up to 50 years of age.

GalleryEdit

  • A Tiger Shark in its natural habitat.

Facts About Tiger SharkEdit

  • The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier[3]) is a species of requiem shark and the only extant member of the genus Galeocerdo. It is a large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over 5 m (16 ft 5 in).[4] Populations are found in many tropical and temperate waters, especially around central Pacific islands. Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body, which resemble a tiger's pattern but fade as the shark matures.[5]
Tiger shark

Temporal range: 56–0 Ma[1]PreЄ

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Early Eocene to Present

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)[2]

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Galeocerdo
Species: G. cuvier
Binomial name
Galeocerdo cuvier

Péron & Lesueur, 1822

Tiger shark range
Synonyms
Squalus cuvierPeron and Lesueur, 1822

Galeocerdo tigrinus Müller and Henle, 1837

The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter. It is notable for having the widest food spectrum of all sharks, with a range of prey that includes crustaceans, fish, seals, birds, squid, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and even other smaller sharks. It also has a reputation as a "garbage eater",[5] consuming a variety of inedible, man-made objects that linger in its stomach. Though apex predators, tiger sharks are sometimes taken by groups of killer whales.[6] It is considered a near threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans.[2]