Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Lamniformes > Family: Lamnidae > Genus: Carcharodon > Species: Carcharodon carcharias

Great white shark - Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by 7 international agreements
Natura 2000 species code 2486


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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

Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) In the Mediterranean
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention)
Memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory sharks - under Bonn Convention (Sharks MOU)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Blå haj Danish Fishbase
Grand requin blanc French Fishbase
Great white shark English Fishbase
Huta tax-Xmara Maltese Fishbase
Hvithai Norwegian Fishbase
Jaquentón blanco Spanish Fishbase
Jaquetón Spanish Fishbase
Karkarias Turkish Fishbase
Kelb Abjad Maltese Fishbase
Kelb il - bahar Abjad Maltese Fishbase
Kelb il-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Kelb il-bahar abjad Maltese Fishbase
Man-eater English Fishbase
Man-eater shark English Fishbase
Maneater English Fishbase
Mangeur d'hommes French Fishbase
Marrajo Spanish Fishbase
Menschenhai German Fishbase
Mensen haai Dutch Fishbase
Pas modrulj Serbian Fishbase
Pescecane Italian Fishbase
Peshkagen njeringrenes Albanian Fishbase
Peshkaqen njeringrenes Albanian Fishbase
Rechin alb Romanian Fishbase
Rechin mancator de oameni Romanian Fishbase
Sbrillias Greek Fishbase
Silfjun Maltese Fishbase
Skylópsaro sbríllios Greek Fishbase
Squalo bianco Italian Fishbase
Stor vit haj Swedish Fishbase
Tubarao de Sao Tomé Portuguese Fishbase
Tubarão-de-São-Tomé Portuguese Fishbase
Valkohai Finnish Fishbase
Vithaj Swedish Fishbase
Weißhai German Fishbase
White pointer English Fishbase
Wittehaai Dutch Fishbase
Zarlacz ludojad Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Squalus carcharias Linnaeus, 1758
Carcharias lamia Rafinesque, 1810
Carcharodon rondeletii Müller & Henle, 1841
Carcharodon lamia Moreau, 1881
Carcharias atwoodi Storer 1848
Carcharias maso Norris 1898
Carcharias rondeletii (Müller & Henle 1839)
Carcharias verus Cloquet 1822
Carcharias vulgaris (Richardson 1836)
Carcharodon albimors Whitley 1939
Carcharodon capensis Smith 1839
Carcharodon smithii Agassiz 1838
Squalus vulgaris Richardson 1836
Carcharias vorax Owen, 1853
Carcharodon smithi Bonaparte, 1838

Other resources

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

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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