Requiem Sharks
Blue shark, Prionace glauca
Range Warm Seas
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Carcharhiniformes
Family Carcharhinidae

Requiem sharks are a family, Carcharhinidae, of sharks in the order Carcharhiniformes, containing migratory, live-bearing sharks of warm seas (sometimes of brackish or fresh water) such as the tiger shark, the blue shark, the bull shark, and the milk shark.

The name may be related to the French word for shark, requin, itself of disputed etymology (chien de mer or Latin requiem ("rest"), which would thereby create a cyclic etymology: requiem-requin-requiem).


The 56 species of requiem shark are grouped into 12 genera:

Subfamily GaleocerdinaeEdit

  • Genus Galeocerdo J. P. Müller & Henle, 1837
    • Galeocerdo cuvier (Péron & Lesueur, 1822) (Tiger Shark)

Subfamily ScoliodontinaeEdit

Subfamily CarcharhininaeEdit

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