Fossil sharks and rays recorded from southern Africa

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Order Family Genus Species Formation Age
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus leucas Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus brachyurus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus altimus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus limbatus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus melanopterus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Galeocerdo cuvier cf. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Negaprion sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Prionace glauca Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Triaenodon obesus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Carcharhiniformes Hemigaleidae Hemipristis serra South Africa Tertiary
Carcharhiniformes Triakidae Galeorhinus galeus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Hexanchiformes Hexanchidae Notorynchus serratissimus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharodon sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharodon carcharias Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharodon megalodon South Africa Tertiary
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharodon angustidens South Africa Tertiary
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharodon sulcidens South Africa Tertiary
Lamniformes Lamnidae Carcharoides catticus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Isurus sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Isurus xiphodon Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Isurus oxyrinchus Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Lamnidae Isurus desori South Africa Tertiary
Lamniformes Lamnidae Isurus crassa South Africa Tertiary
Lamniformes Lamnidae Parotodus benedini kwaZulu-Natal Miocene
Lamniformes Odontaspididae Carcharias taurus cf. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Odontaspididae Carcharias acutissima Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Lamniformes Odontaspididae Odontaspis macrota South Africa Tertiary
Rajiformes Dasyatidae Dasyatis sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Rajiformes Myliobatidae Myliobatis sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Rajiformes Rajidae genus? sp.? Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Squaliformes Squalidae Squalus sp. Varswater Mio-Pliocene
Squatiniformes Squatinidae Squatina africana Varswater Mio-Pliocene
           

Orders: 5

Families: 11

Genera: 19

Species: 33

   

Compiled by Leonard Compagno


  Iziko Museums of Cape Town, 2008

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