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Subject: Lamniformes, London Clay, List of sharks, Sand shark, Smalltooth sand tiger, Crocodile shark, Bigeye sand tiger, Pelagornithidae, Mooreville Chalk Formation
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Temporal range: 85–0Ma[1]
Late Campanian to Present
Smalltooth sand tiger (O. ferox)
Bigeye sand tiger (O. noronhai)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Odontaspididae
Genus: Odontaspis
Agassiz, 1838
Type species
Carcharias ferox
Risso, 1826

Odontaspis is a genus with two extant species in the sand shark family, Odontaspididae. They are large-bodied sharks with long, conical snouts, broad-based dorsal and anal fins, and an asymmetrical caudal fin with a strong lower lobe. Their teeth are large, with prominent narrow cusps.[2] They are distinguished from the similar genus Carcharias by the absence of crushing posterior teeth.[1]




  • Odontaspis aculeatus Capetta & Case, 1975
  • Odontaspis speyeri (Dartevelle & Casier, 1943)
  • Odontaspis winkleri Leriche, 1905

See also

Sharks portal
  • List of prehistoric cartilaginous fish


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