Indian sand tiger

Indian sand tiger
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Odontaspididae
Genus: Carcharias
Species: C. tricuspidatus
Binomial name
Carcharias tricuspidatus
F. Day, 1878
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The Indian sand tiger, Carcharias tricuspidatus, is a sand tiger of the shark family Odontaspididae, found in the Indian and western Pacific oceans. Its length is up to 3.5 m. It has a compressed cylindrical body and a slightly angled snout. It has a long mouth and small eyes. Both of the dorsal fins are about the same size. Its diet consists of fish and small sharks.

Further work may show that the Indian sand tiger belongs to the species Carcharias taurus.

Reproduction is ovoviviparous, the embryos feeding on their yolk sac, and other ova produced by the mother.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). FishBase. May 2006 version.

External links

  • Species Description of Carcharias tricuspidatus at
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