In all, there are 30 families of sharks and they contain the 350 or more different kinds or species of sharks. The eight major orders of sharks include the Squantiformes, Pristiophormes, Squaliformes, Hexanchiformes, Lamniformes, Carcharhiniformes, Orectolobiformes, and the Heterodotiformes. The orders have distinguishing characteristics that fit in each. The Squantiformes normally have flat bodies that are ray-like with mottled dorsal surfaces.
These sharks have a short terminal mouth, which is armed with small impaling teeth. They also have a caudal fin, which has a lower lobe that is longer than the upper lobe. Their pectoral fins extend forward over the ventrally directed gills. The Pristiophormes have more of an elongated snout, which is saw-like and edged with slender, needle-sharp lateral teeth. They have two dorsal fins and no anal fin. They use short transverse mouths and small cuspidate holding teeth in both jaws.
Squaliformes have no anal fin as well, but their snout is not elongated, but is somewhat long. Many have powerful cutting teeth in both jaws. In some species these razor sharp teeth are in the lower jaw only and the upper teeth serve to hold the food. Hexanc- hiformes have six or seven gill slits. They are sharks with a single spineless dorsal fin, and an anal fin. The typical Carcharhiniformes has an elongated snout, a long mouth that reaches behind the eyes, an anal fin and two spineless dorsal fins. The eyes have movable, nictitating lower eyelids worked by unique muscles.
Teeth vary from small and cuspidate or flattened to large and bladelike. Carcharhiniformes have no enlarged rear crushing teeth. Along with this they have a spiral scroll intestinal valve. A Lamniforme shark has an elongated snout. Most have long mouths that reach behind the eyes, an anal fin and two spineless dorsal fins. They also have a ring intestinal valve. The Orectolobiformes have pig-like snouts and short mouths that in most species are connected to the nostrils by grooves.
There is an anal fin but no fin spines on the two dorsal fins. They have uniquely formed barbells at the inside edges of the nostrils. Heterodotiformes are the only living shark that combines fin spines on their two dorsal fins and anal fin. They only have five-gill slits. In each order there are specific types of sharks. Each shark belongs to a family with different species. The Angel shark (Squantiforme) is just one of the many.
It has a single family of about thirteen species. They are all ovoviviparous livebearers and most do not exceed 1.5 meters. Saw sharks (.Pristiophoriformes) are harmless bottom sharks.
They are also a single family but with five species. They are also ovoviviparous livebearers. Four sharks that belong to the order Sqauliforme are the Bramble, Dogfish, and Rough sharks. They have three families with eighty-two species.
They too, are ovoviviparous livebearers. They have more cylindrical bodies. Frilled sharks, six, and seven-gill sharks (.Hexanchiformes) have two families and five species. Once again they are also ovoviviparous livebearers. Usually, these guys are found in deep waters. The Catsharks, Finback Catshark, False Catshark, Barbelled Houndshark, Weasel, Houndshark, Hammerhead, and Requiem sharks (Carcharhiniformes) have one hundred and ninety-seven known species. Most of these sharks are known to be dangerous.
They are both oviparous and ovoviviparous livebearers. This is not the type of shark you would like to have grace your presence. From the order of Landformes the sharks are named as the Sand, Basking, Goblin, Crocodile, Megamouth, Thresher, and Mackerel sharks. They come complete with seven families and fifteen or sixteen species.
All of them are ovoviviparous livebearers. These sharks are found in all seas except Arctic and Antarctic. The last group of sharks would be the Collared Carpet sharks, Blind, Wobbegongs, Zebra, Longtailed Carpet Sharks, Whale, and Nurse Sharks. They all belong to the order Orectolobiformes and have seven families and thirty- three species. These sharks prefer die warmer water and are both ovoviviparous and oviparous livebearers. Obviously, these sharks come in many different sizes and some are more dangerous than others.
At least eighteen species in four families and nine genera have been implicated in attacks on humans. Obviously, a small shark such as the Pygmy is harmless, but they still must be treated as a predator especially the bigger ones. The smallest of all sharks is the Pygmy Ribbontail Catshark, which is about 0.24 meters. Next in line from smallest to largest would be the Port Jackson Shark, which is about 1.65 meters. After them would be the Ornate Wobbegong (2.
88m) and then the Bull shark (3.4m). The average sizes go drastically up from there to the Great White shark, which is incredibly larger, its about 6.4 meters.
The two greatest sizes are the Basking shark (7.8m) and the Whale shark (13.7m). These sharks listed here are definitely not all the sharks in the world, they were just meant to give an average range of size for all sharks. Some of the most dangerous sharks range from about 2 to 8 meters. The Hammerhead, Great White, Tiger, Blue, and the Bull shark name a few.
There are many types of sharks lurking around in today’s ocean. Everyone is unique in its own way. Some are different in size, shape, eating habits, or even the way they breed.
Although with all these differences they are all very similar and that is why the shark is one of the most amazing creatures of our time.