Swell Shark Egg CaseSwell Shark Egg CaseSwell Shark Egg CaseSwell Shark Egg CaseSwell Shark Egg CaseBlacktip reef shark, (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Carcharhinidae, Requiem sharkBlacktip reef shark, (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Carcharhinidae, Requiem sharkBlacktip reef shark, (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Carcharhinidae, Requiem sharkteeth, jawHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, HeterodontidaeHorn Shark, (Heterodontus francisci), Elasmobranchii, Heterodontiformes, Heterodontidae
Blacktip reef shark, (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Carcharhinidae, Requiem shark
Code Number:
AACV01P07_14
Title:
Blacktip reef shark, (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Carcharhinidae, Requiem shark
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Carcharhiniformes
Family: Carcharhinidae
Genus: Carcharhinus
Species: Carcharhinus melanopterus
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1824), Though with their long bodies the Sawfish looks very much like a shark it actually belongs to the ray fish family. They are grouped with rays partly because they have gill slits on the underside of their head.

A sawfish uses this saw to nose around sandy bottoms to find food, and to slash at fish for food or defense. Like sharks, rays have special organs in their skin for detecting the electrical voltage of other animals. These sensors help them hunt for food. Smalltooth sawfish can be found in shallow coastal waters and tidal portions of rivers.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Batoidea
Order: Rhinopristiformes
Family: Pristidae
Bonaparte, 1838
Keywords:
Chondrichthyes, Cartilaginous Fishes, Vertebrates, Animals, Animalia, Chordata, Chordate, Predator, sealife, predation
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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