Odontaspis is one of two genera
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 in the sand shark
Sand shark
Sand sharks, also known as sand tiger sharks or ragged tooth sharks, are lamniform sharks of the family Odontaspididae . They are found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters, including on both sides of the Atlantic coast, but most notably in the Western Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Maine...

Family (biology)
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, Odontaspididae. They are large-bodied sharks with long, conical snouts, broad-based dorsal
Dorsal fin
A dorsal fin is a fin located on the backs of various unrelated marine and freshwater vertebrates, including most fishes, marine mammals , and the ichthyosaurs...

 and anal fins, and an asymmetrical caudal fin with a strong lower lobe. Their teeth are large, with prominent narrow cusps. They are distinguished from the similar genus Carcharias
Sand sharks, or sand tigers, are lamniform sharks of the family Odontaspidae . They are found on both sides of the Atlantic coast, but most notably in the western Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Maine...

by the absence of crushing posterior teeth.


  • Odontaspis ferox (Risso
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    , 1810)
    (Smalltooth sand tiger)
  • Odontaspis noronhai (Maul
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    , 1955)
    (Bigeye sand tiger)


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