Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Carcharhiniformes > Family: Carcharhinidae > Genus: Carcharhinus > Species: Carcharhinus obscurus

Bay-shark - Carcharhinus obscurus (Lesueur, 1818)

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Threat status Europe Data Deficient (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bay-shark English Fishbase
Blauhai German Fishbase
Brown common gray shark English Fishbase
Brown dusky shark English Fishbase
Brown shark English Fishbase
Dunkelhai German Fishbase
Dusky shark English Fishbase
Lamia Spanish Fishbase
Lobo Spanish Fishbase
Melgacho Spanish Fishbase
Requiem de sable French Fishbase
Requin de sable French Fishbase
Requin obscur English Fishbase
Shovelnose English Fishbase
Squalo scuro Italian Fishbase
Sumuhai Finnish Fishbase
Tiburón arenero Spanish Fishbase
Tiburón lobo Spanish Fishbase
Tintorera Spanish Fishbase
Zarlacz ciemnoskóry Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Squalus obscurus Lesueur, 1818
Carcharias macrurus Ramsay & Ogilby, 1887
Carcharhinus iranzae Fourmanoir, 1961
Carcharhinus obscurella Deng, Xiong & Zhan, 1981
Galeolamna macrurus (Ramsay & Ogilby, 1887)
Carcharhinus lamiella (non Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Prionodon obvelatus Valenciennes,, 1844
Eulamia obscura (Lesueur, 1818)
Carcharinus obscurus (Lesueur, 1818)
Galeolamna eblis Whitley, 1944
Carcharinus iranzae Fourmanoir, 1961

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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FishBase FishBase
GBIF search Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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