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White shark

Carcharodon carcharias

(Image credit: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO)

Great white sharks are a blue-grey to grey-brown colours on top, lighter on the sides and white on their bellies. These sharks are large and spindle-shaped with black eyes and a blunt, conical snout. Their teeth are serrated and triangular and their tail is crescent shaped.

Length: Up to 6 m


These sharks are normally found over the continental shelf but can be close inshore; 0-1280 m depth

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Log this species in Queensland, north of Fraser Island

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Froese F, Pauly D (2011) Fishbase. www.fishbase.org

Last P.R. and Stevens J.D. (1994) Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO, Australia.

Bruce, Barry D. and Bradford, Russel W. (2012) Habitat use and spatial dynamics of juvenile white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in eastern Australia. In Domeier, Michael L. (eds) Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark. CRC Press.

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