For those of you who have been to this page before we are now working hard at
providing a more comprehensive identification page for all (well most of)
of our Domestic Shark species. Where possible we intend to provide you with
generic line drawings and also as many photographs as possible. Hopefully
we will be able to catch most of the species ourselves over the years!
As we will be referring to different parts of a shark, when giving
their descriptions, to start off we have included a drawing (please excuse
this we will improve with practice), of a Blue Shark which shows all the
different parts we will be referring to - as far as possible. We have
tried deliberately not to be too technical with our descriptions.
Upper body grey to brown, underside white, has a translucent snout.
Note the translucent
snout, and the
membrame covering the eye
PORBEAGLE SHARKLamna nasus
Upper body surface varies from blue through to dark grey whilst the
underside is usually white. The Porbeagle has a secondary longtitudial
keel on either side of the tail which the Mako Shark does not. Also the
dorsal fin as a white banding along the back edge, which again a Mako Shark
does not have.
reproduced by the kind
permission of ICI
THRESHER SHARKAlopias vulpinus
Upper body dark brown to grey with paler to white underside. The elongated
tail is equivalent in length to the main body of the shark
LESSER SPOTTED CATSHARK formerly known as LESSER SPOTTED DOGFISHSycliorhinus canicula
Upper side of the body usually light brown covered with darker spots,
although some sharks will be darker and occasionally show quite defined
saddle markings. May occasionally have a smattering of white spots.
These are some of our favourite shark species - this time two to a hook!
SPURDOG Sometimes referred to as Piked Dogfish
The upper body is dark grey or black and white spots are usually present.
The underside is white and there are spines in front of both dorsal fins
Here we have Jeri holding a nice Spurdog caught off Southern Ireland
Upper side of the body grey or brown and the underside lighter than the
upper side. There are six gill slits rather than the normal 5 as found
in other shark species - hence the name
Blunt Nose Six Gill Page
COMMON SMOOTH HOUNDMustelus mustelus
Upper body grey to pale brown, going to off white on the underside. There
are no white spots above the lateral line.
Common Smooth Hound Page
GREATER SPOTTED CAT SHARKformerly known as
GREATER SPOTTED DOGFISH (BULL HUSS) Sycliorhinus
The upper and underside of the body is pale or dark brown and appears to
be mottled, and is covered with a series of small and large black
(sometimes white) spots and the underside tends to be paler in colour
These pictures show the saddle markings of the Greater Spotted Catshark and
also the nasal flaps which are distinctly different from those of the Lesser
The inside of the mouth is black, which is the distinguishing feature
between this species and the Bull HussSycliorhinus stellaris
and Lesser Spotted CatsharkSycliorhinus canicula.
The upper and lower sides of the body are grey to dark brown and support a
series of well defined saddle blotches and circular spots. These patches
vary in number with age and juveniles tend to have less than mature fish.
STARRY SMOOTH HOUNDMustelus asterias
Upper body pale brown to grey with numerous white spots above the lateral
line which is the distinguishing feature from the Common Smooth Hound which
has no spots.
A distinctive shark in the fact that the head has two lateral lobes which
give it the distinct hammer shape and hence the name. Coloration upper
side of the body brown to grey and the underside paler in colour.