Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Lamniformes > Family: Odontaspididae > Genus: Carcharias > Species: Carcharias taurus

Grey nurse - Carcharias taurus Rafinesque, 1810

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Quick facts

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
Bacota Spanish Fishbase
Carcharias Greek Fishbase
Grey nurse English Fishbase
Grey Nurse Shark English Fishbase
Hietahai Finnish Fishbase
Kelb il-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Oxhaj Swedish Fishbase
Peshkagen i eger Albanian Fishbase
Peshkaqen i eger Albanian Fishbase
Pez toro Spanish Fishbase
Requin taureau French Fishbase
Sand shark English Fishbase
Sand tiger shark English Fishbase
Sandhai German Fishbase
Sandhaj Swedish Fishbase
Sandtiger German Fishbase
Slender-tooth shark English Fishbase
Squalo toro Italian Fishbase
Tavrocarcharias Greek Fishbase
Tawrosz Polish Fishbase
Tawru Maltese Fishbase
Tiburón sarda Spanish Fishbase
Tiburón toro Spanish Fishbase
Toro bacota Spanish Fishbase
Tubarão- Portuguese Fishbase
Synonym Author
Squalus americanus Mitchill, 1815
Squalus littoralis Lesueur, 1818
Squalus macrodus Mitchell, 1818
Carcharias griseus Ayres, 1843
Odontaspis americanus (Mitchill, 1815)
Lamna ecarinata Hilgendorf, 1899
Carcharias arenarius Ogilby, 1911
Carcharias owstoni Garman, 1913
Squalus lixa Larrañaga, 1923
Odontaspis platensis Lahille, 1928
Odontaspis taurus (Rafinesque, 1810)
Carcharias platensis (Lahille, 1928)
Odontaspis cinerea Ramsay, 1880
Eugomphodus taurus (Rafinesque, 1810)
Carcharias tricuspidatus (non Day, 1878)
Odontaspis ferox (non Risso, 1810)
Charcharias taurus Rafinesque, 1810

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF search Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (invalid) 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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