Ganges Shark

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Ganges Shark is an endangered species of requiem shark found in the Ganges River of India. It is also found in other rivers of Eastern and North Eastern India, such as Hoogly, Brahmaputra, and Mahanadi. It has a stocky appearance with a broad and sort of rounded snout, has small eyes, and has a brown or gray colored body with no distinct pattern.

Ganges Shark Scientific Name

Glyphis gangeticus

Ganges Shark Features and Facts 

-Freshwater or estuarine water body habitat
-First dorsal fin bigger than second dorsal fin
-Does not possess interdorsal ridge
-Has broad and falcate pectoral fins
-Can grow to a maximum size of 2 meters or 6.6 feet
-Not known to be dangerous to human beings but may be
-Primarily feed on small fish

Ganges Shark Conservation Need

Ganges shark is a seriously endangered species of india. Overfishing is the main cause of this crisis. It belongs to the Red List of 20 endangered shark species.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag