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Whale shark




Whale shark Information

English Name:

Whale shark

Common Name:

whale shark

Scientific Name:

Rhincodon typus

Local Name:

fehurihi

Name in Dhivehi:

ފެހުރިހި


Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Elasmobranchii

Order:

Orectolobiformes

Family:

Rhincodontidae

Genus:

Rhincodon



Whale shark IUCN Red List Status

Whale shark Description

With its huge size and distinctive spotting, whale shark cannot be confused with any other species. Very wide, nearly terminal mouth with numberous minute teeth. Very broad head. It is dark above with numerous narrow whitish bars and rows of spots, pale below.

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Whale shark Distribution and Habitat

A pelagic filter feeder, occurring singly or in small schools, often near the surface. Feeds mainly on plankton, sometimes on small pelagic crustaceans or small schooling fishes.

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Whale shark Information

English Name:

Whale shark

Common Name:

whale shark

Scientific Name:

Rhincodon typus

Local Name:

fehurihi

Name in Dhivehi:

ފެހުރިހި

Synonyms:


Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Elasmobranchii

Order:

Orectolobiformes

Family:

Rhincodontidae

Genus:

Rhincodon


Whale shark References

  • M.R.C. (2003) Fishes of the Maldives. Marine Research Centre, Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources, Rebulic of Maldives. - ISBN 99915-62-12-5