Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Pisces > Class Elasmobranchii > Subclass Neoselachii > Infraclass Selachii > Superorder Galeomorphi > Order Carcharhiniformes > Family Carcharhinidae > Genus Carcharhinus

Carcharhinus falciformis (Müller & Henle, 1839)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

Carcharhinusde Blainville, 1816accepted genus name

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: silky shark sources: North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
 English-United States: silky shark sources: english PESI focal point
 German: Seidenhai sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Greek: Λείος καρχαρίνος sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Lithuanian: floridinis šilkinis ryklys sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Polish: żarłacz jedwabisty sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Spanish, Castillian: jaquetón sedoso; tiburón lustroso; tiburón piloto sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points;Nelson, J.S.; Crossman, E.J.; Espinosa-Pérez, H.; Findley, L.T.; Gilbert, C.R.; Lea, R.N.; Williams, J.D. (2004). Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada and Mexico Special Publication. American Fisheries Society, 29 American Fisheries Society: Bethesda. ISBN 1-888569-61-1. 386 + CD-Rom pp.
 Turkish: karayip resif köpekbalığı sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 Ukrainian: Акула сіра шовковиста; Шовкова акула


basis of record

van der Land, J.; Costello, M.J.; Zavodnik, D.; Santos, R.S.; Porteiro, F.M.; Bailly, N.; Eschmeyer, W.N.; Froese, R. (2001). Pisces, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 357-374

additional source

Robins, C.R., G.C. Ray, J. Douglass and R. Freund. 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston. 354 p.

additional source

King, C.M.; Roberts, C.D.; Bell, B.D.; Fordyce, R.E.; Nicoll, R.S.; Worthy, T.H.; Paulin, C.D.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Keyes, I.W.; Baker, A.N.; Stewart, A.L.; Hiller, N.; McDowall, R.M.; Holdaway, R.N.; McPhee, R.P.; Schwarzhans, W.W.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Rust, S.; Macadie, I. (2009). Phylum Chordata: lancelets, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 431-554.

additional source

Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.

additional source

Streftaris, N.; Zenetos, A.; Papathanassiou, E. (2005). Globalisation in marine ecosystems: the story of non-indigenous marine species across European seas. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 43: 419-453

additional source

FishBase, version december 2007

additional source

FishBase, version may 2009

additional source

McEachran, J. D. 2009. Fishes (Vertebrata: Pisces) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1223–1316 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

additional source

FishBase, version october 2012

additional source






External Links

GenBank (25 nucleotides; 18 proteins)
Barcode of Life (120 barcodes)
Biodiversity Heritage Library (19 publications)


Bailly, N. (2014). Carcharhinus falciformis (Müller & Henle, 1839). In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:105789




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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