Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Lamniformes > Family: Odontaspididae > Genus: Odontaspis > Species: Odontaspis ferox

Blue nurse shark - Odontaspis ferox (Risso, 1810)

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Threat status Europe Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement


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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

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Agriocarcharias Greek Fishbase
Blue nurse shark English Fishbase
Cagnaccio Italian Fishbase
Carcharias Greek Fishbase
Fierce odontaspis English Fishbase
Fierce shark English Fishbase
Kelb salvagg Maltese Fishbase
Odontaspide féroce French Fishbase
Peshkagen i eger Albanian Fishbase
Peshkaqen i eger Albanian Fishbase
Rekin piaskowy Polish Fishbase
Requin French Fishbase
Requin féroce French Fishbase
Salroig Spanish Fishbase
Schildzahnhai German Fishbase
Silfjun Maltese Fishbase
Smalltooth sand tiger English Fishbase
Solraig Spanish Fishbase
Solrayo Spanish Fishbase
Squale féroce French Fishbase
Surraig Spanish Fishbase
Tubarão-areia Portuguese Fishbase
Synonym Author
Squalus ferox Risso, 1810
Odontaspis herbsti Whitley, 1950
Carcharias ferox (Risso, 1810)
Carcharias taurus (non Rafinesque, 1810)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF 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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