Carcharhinus galapagensis

(Snodgrass & Heller, 1905)

Galapagos shark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae

Reference of the original description
Snodgrass, R.E. & Heller, E. (1905)
Papers from the Hopkins-Stanford Galapagos Expedition, 1898-1899. XVII. Shore fishes of the Revillagigedo, Clipperton, Cocos and Galapagos islands. Proceedings of the Washington Academy of Sciences, 6, 333–427

Image of the original description
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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Carcharhinus cf. galapagensis, Carcharias galapagensis, Carcharinus galapagensis, Eulamia galapagensis

Carcharhinus galapagensis
Holotype: SU: 12324 (apparently lost) Paratype: SU: 12325 SU: 12326 (apparently lost)

Description :

Citation: Carcharhinus galapagensis (Snodgrass & Heller, 1905): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Common names
spa Cazón, spa Jaqueta, spa Jaquetón, spa Tiburón, spa Tiburón de Galapagos, spa Tollo, spa Tollo-cazón, fra \(T\) Requin de Galapagos, fra \(T\) Requin des Galapagos, eng Galapagos shark, eng Mackerel shark, por Cação, por Tubarão-dos-Galápagos

Short Description
Low inter-dorsal ridge present [544]. Dark grey above, light below, fins plain or with slightly dusky tips [544].

Circumtropical with a preference for waters around oceanic islands. Eastern Atlantic: including St. Paul"quot;s Rocks (Refs. 13121, 52289). Western Indian Ocean: including Walter"quot;s Shoal, south of Madagascar. Western Pacific: including Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs. Eastern Pacific: Galápagos (Ref. 58896). Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family

Viviparous, with a yolk sac placenta [517]. 6 to 16 young born at 60-80 cm [578]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Occurs on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). An ontogenetic change in diet occurs as size increases. They consume a smaller proportion of teleosts and more elasmobranchs with increasing size [5603].

Size / Weight / Age
370 cm TL (male/unsexed; [17643]); max. published weight: 85.5 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 24 years [2246]

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 286 m [17640], usually 30 - 180 m (Ref. 37816)

shark-references Species-ID=755;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Dermophthirius carcharhini Maccallum, 1926 [17076]

  • Alebion carchariae Krøyer, 1863 [31560]
  • Nesippus crypturus Heller, 1868 [16599]
  • Pandarus cranchii Leach, 1819 [16599]
  • Pandarus smithii Rathbun, 1886 [16599]