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Lamnidae - great white sharks, mako sharks

Great White SharkThere are five species in this family of sharks. They range in size from 6-12 feet. They are found in temperate and tropical regions of all the world's oceans.

Lamnids have five pairs of long gill slits; large, sharp teeth; torpedo shaped bodies; pointed snouts; two dorsal fins; and an anal fin. They are very fast swimmers and aggressive predators! Females give birth to live young. Sometimes baby sharks will eat their newly hatched siblings or their eggs while they are still in the female's womb.

Lamnids eat bony fish, sharks, rays, squid, and crustaceans. Some species are known to attack humans. Species include: the great white shark, the shortfin mako, the longfin mako, the salmon shark, and the porbeagle shark.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias Vulnerable
Shortfin Mako - Isurus oxyrinchus Vulnerable
Porbeagle - Lamna nasus Vulnerable
  Longfin Mako - Isurus paucus Vulnerable
Salmon Shark - Lamna ditropis Least Concern

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
Arctic OceanArctic Ocean atlantic OceanAtlantic Ocean indian OceanIndian Ocean southern oceanMediterranean/Black Sea pacific oceanPacific Ocean

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Shortfin Mako - Isurus oxyrinchus Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Longfin Mako - Isurus paucus Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
Salmon Shark - Lamna ditropis Least Concern North America pacific ocean
Porbeagle - Lamna nasus Vulnerable Africa Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
   

Additional Information

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profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The great white shark has an excellent sense of smell.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on Earth.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The great white shark has 3,000 teeth at any one time.
Source: Enchanted Learning Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The great white shark can reach 22 feet in length and weigh more than two tons.
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Longfin Mako - Isurus paucus profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
The longfin mako has a slender, torpedo-shaped body.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Longfin Mako - Isurus paucus profile Photos Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
The longfin mako is found in tropical and warm waters worldwide.
Source: Florida Museum Natural History Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: Yes

Porbeagle - Lamna nasus profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The porbeagle shark is usually found in waters over continental shelves.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Porbeagle - Lamna nasus profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
In the northern hemisphere, the porbeagle shark is only found in the Atlantic Ocean.
Source: Florida Museum Natural History Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: Yes

Salmon Shark - Lamna ditropis profile Photos Video Least Concern North America pacific ocean
The salmon shark is sometimes mistaken for the white shark.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Salmon Shark - Lamna ditropis profile Photos Least Concern North America pacific ocean
The salmon shark is only found in the coastal and oceanic waters of the North Pacific.
Source: Florida Museum Natural History Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: Yes

Shortfin Mako - Isurus oxyrinchus profile Photos Video Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The shortfin mako is thought to be the fastest swimmer of all the sharks.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Shortfin Mako - Isurus oxyrinchus profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean southern ocean pacific ocean
The shortfin mako is found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world's oceans.
Source: Florida Museum Natural History Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: Yes