Tiger Shark
Galeocerdo cuvier
Range Global Oceans
Estimated Population Decreasing, Near Threatened
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Elasmobranchii
Family Carcharhinidae
Genus Galeocerdo

J.P. Muller and Henle, 1837

Species • G. cuvier
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Near Threatened

The Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is a large carnivorous cartilaginous fish that is known for shark attacks in tropical areas. It is a nocturnal hunter and is currently Near Threatened (NT).

The shark is found near shore in tropical and subtropical waters, it frequently commits provoked and unprovoked attacks.

Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body which resemble a tiger's pattern, which fade as the shark matures.


The Tiger Shark is largely killed for it's fins, flesh, and sometimes even liver. Their populations are decreasing, especially in areas of overfishing.

Many people keep finding these sharks and overfishing, and the sharks are going down on the IUCN Red List.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated