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WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just a huge collection of Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

There are now more than 10,000 shark pictures  and sections on shark evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:

WHAT'S NEW?

Shark picture - green sawfish

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Sharks and rays (elasmobranchs) are an amazing group of animals that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years into the diverse assemblage that we have today. They have adapted to thrive in virtually every saltwater body large enough to accommodate them. Some have even managed to overcome the problems associated with living in freshwater and colonized  the great rivers of the tropics.

Please enjoy all of the shark pictures and information contained on our ever expanding database of shark and ray species and take away and pass on a renewed desire to help these incredible creatures survive in an increasingly hostile environment.

 

Andy MurchThank you for visiting Elasmodiver,

Andy Murch - Shark Photographer and Creator of Elasmodiver.com

CEO and Trip Leader at Big Fish Expeditions

Founder of the Predators in Peril Project

LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE SHARK AND RAY DATABASE:

roughskin spurdog

ROUGHSKIN SPURDOG Cirrhigaleus asper

Added 2/5/16

Whitesaddled Catshark

WHITESADDLED CATSHARK

Scyliorhinus hesperius

Added 5/4/16

LONGNOSE STINGRAY

Dasyatis guttata

Added 27/3/16

PACIFIC TORPEDO RAY

Tetronarce californica

Added 15/11/15

Arabian bamboo shark

ARABIAN BAMBOO SHARK

Hemiscyllium arabicum

Added 1/11/15

 

SELACHIMORPHA: SHARKS

 ORDER CARCHARHINIFORMES  HAMMERHEADS, REQUIEM SHARKS, SMOOTHHOUND SHARKS & CATSHARKS

Family SPHYRNIDAE - Hammerhead sharks

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD - Sphyrna lewini

scoophead shark

SCOOPHEAD SHARK - Sphyrna media

Great Hammerhead Shark

GREAT HAMMERHEAD - Sphyrna mokarran

bonnethead shark

BONNETHEAD SHARK - Sphyrna tiburo

Smooth hammerhead shark

SMOOTH HAMMERHEAD SHARK - Sphyrna zygaena

 

Family CARCHARHINIDAE - Requiem sharks

Blacknose Shark

BLACKNOSE SHARK - Carcharhinus acronotus

Silvertip Shark

SILVERTIP SHARK - Carcharhinus albimarginatus

grey reef shark

GREY REEF SHARK - Carcharhinus amblyrhychos

Bronze Whaler Shark

BRONZE WHALER SHARK - Carcharhinus brachyurus

SPINNER SHARK - Carcharhinus brevipinna

 

Silky Shark

SILKY SHARK - Carcharhinus falciformis

Galapagos Shark

GALAPAGOS SHARK - Carcharhinus galapagensis

bull shark

BULL SHARK - Carcharhinus leucas

BLACKTIP SHARK - Carcharhinus limbatus

oceanic whitetip shark

OCEANIC WHITETIP SHARK - Carcharhinus longimanus

blacktip reef shark

BLACKTIP REEF SHARK - Carcharhinus melanopterus

Dusky Shark

DUSKY SHARK - Carcharhinus obscurus

Caribbean Reef Shark

CARIBBEAN REEF SHARK - Carcharhinus perezi

Sandbar Shark

SANDBAR SHARK - Carcharinus plumbeus

Tiger Shark

TIGER SHARK -Galeocerdo cuvier

Lemon Shark

LEMON SHARK - Negaprion brevirostris

Blue Shark

BLUE SHARK - Prionace glauca

PACIFIC SHARPNOSE SHARK - Rhizoprionodon longurio

Atlantic sharpnose shark

ATLANTIC SHARPNOSE SHARK - Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Whitetip Reef Shark

WHITETIP REEF SHARK - Triaenodon obesus

 

Family TRIAKIDAE - Houndsharks and Smoothhound Sharks

TOPE SHARK - Galeorhinus galeus

GREY SMOOTHHOUND - Mustelus californicus

dusky smoothhound a.k.a. smooth dogfish

DUSKY SMOOTHHOUND - Mustelus canis

BROWN SMOOTHHOUND - Mustelus henlei

Smooth Dogfish or Dusky Smoothhound shark

GULF SMOOTHHOUND - Mustelus sinusmexicanus

SPOTTED GULLY SHARK - Triakis Megalopterus

BANDED HOUNDSHARK - Triakis scyllium

LEOPARD SHARK - Triakis semifasciata

   

 

Family SCYLIORHINIDAE - Catsharks

Brown Catshark

BROWN CATSHARK - Apristius brunneus

Coral Catshark

CORAL CATSHARK - Atelomycterus marmoratus

Blotch swell shark

BLOTCHY SWELL SHARK - Cephaloscyllium umbratile

California Swell Shark

CALIFORNIA SWELL SHARK - Cephaloscyllium ventriosum

TIGER CATSHARK - Halaelurus natalensis

PUFFADDER SHYSHARK - Haploblepharus edwardsii

Dark Shyshark

DARK SHYSHARK - Haploblepharus pictus

filetail catshark

FILETAIL CATSHARK - Parmaturus xaniurus

Pyjama Catshark

PYJAMA SHARK - Poroderma africanum

Leopard Catshark

LEOPARD CATSHARK - Poroderma pantherinum

REDSPOTTED CATSHARK - Schroederichthys chilensis

Lesser Spotted Catshark

LESSER SPOTTED CATSHARK - Scyliorhinus canicula

Whitesaddled Catshark

WHITESADDLED CATSHARK -Scyliorhinus hesperius

Chain catshark

CHAIN CATSHARK - Scyliorhinus retifer

 

 

 ORDER HETERODONTIFORMES  BULLHEAD SHARKS

Family HETERODONTIDAE - Bullhead sharks

Horn Shark

CALIFORNIA HORN SHARK - Heterodontus fransisci

JAPANESE BULLHEAD SHARK - Heterodontus japonicus

Port Jackson Shark

PORT JACKSON SHARK - Heterodontus portusjackson

Zebra Bullhead Shark

ZEBRA BULLHEAD SHARK - Heterodontus zebra

 
         

 ORDER HEXANCHIFORMES  SIXGILL, SEVENGILL & FRILLED SHARKS

Family HEXANCHIDAE- Six and seven gilled sharks

Sixgill Shark

BLUNTNOSE SIXGILL SHARK - Hexanchus griseus

Bigeye sixgill shark

BIGEYE SIXGILL SHARK - Hexanchus nakamurai

Broadnose Sevengill Shark

BROADNOSE SEVENGILL SHARK - Notorhynchus cepedianus

   
 

 ORDER LAMNIFORMES  MACKERAL SHARKS, SANDTIGER SHARKS, BASKING SHARKS, THRESHER SHARKS, MEGAMOUTH SHARKS & GOBLIN SHARKS

Family LAMNIDAE - Mackeral sharks

Family CETORHINIDAE - Basking sharks

great white shark picture

GREAT WHITE SHARK - Carcharodon carcharias

Shortfin Mako Shark Picture

SHORTFIN MAKO SHARK - Isurus oxyrinchus

Salmon Shark

SALMON SHARK - Lamna ditropis

PORBEAGLE SHARK - Lamna nasus

Basking Shark

BASKING SHARK - Cetorhinus maximus

 

Family ODONTASPIDIDAE -Sandtiger sharks

 

Family ALOPIIDAE - Thresher sharks

Sandtiger Shark Picture

SANDTIGER SHARK - Carcharias taurus

SMALLTOOTH SANDTIGER - Odontaspis ferox

 

PELAGIC THRESHER SHARK - Alopias pelagicus

 

 

 ORDER ORECTOLOBIFORMES  ZEBRA SHARKS, WHALE SHARKS, BAMBOO AND EPAULETTE SHARKS, BLIND SHARKS, NURSE SHARKS, WOBBEGONG SHARKS & CARPET SHARKS

Family BRACHAELURIDAE - Blind Sharks

Family GINGLYMOSTOMATIDAE

Nurse sharks

RHINCODONTIDAE Whale sharks

STEGOSTOMATIDAE

Zebra sharks

Blind Shark Picture

BLIND SHARK - Brachaelurus waddi

Nurse Shark

NURSE SHARK - Ginglymostoma cirratum

Tawny Nurse Shark

TAWNY NURSE SHARK - Nebrius ferrugineus

Whale Shark

WHALE SHARK - Rhincodon typus

Zebra Shark

ZEBRA SHARK - Stegostoma fasciatum

 

Family HEMISCYLLIIDAE - Bamboo and Epaulette sharks

Arabian bamboo shark

ARABIAN BAMBOO SHARK - Chiloscllium arabicum

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

WHITESPOTTED BAMBOO SHARK - Chiloscyllium plagiosum

brownbanded bamboo shark

BROWNBANDED BAMBOO SHARK - Chiloscyllium punctatum

Specled Epaulette Shark

SPECKLED EPAULETTE SHARK - Hemiscyllium trispeculare

 

 

Family ORECTOLOBIDAE - Wobbegong sharks

Tasseled Wobbegong Shark

TASSELLED WOBBEGONG - Eucrossorhinus dasypogon

Banded Wobbegong picture

BANDED WOBBEGONG - Orectolobus halei

Dwarf Ornate Wobbegong picture

DWARF ORNATE WOBBEGONG - Orectolobus ornatus

SPOTTED WOBBEGONG - Orectolobus maculatus

Wards Wobbegong Shark

WARDS WOBBEGONG - Orectolobus wardi

Cobbler Wobbegong Shark

COBBLER WOBBEGONG - Sutorectus tentaculatus

       

 

 ORDER SQUALIFORMES  DOGFISH SHARKS, SLEEPER SHARKS, BRAMBLE SHARKS, LANTERN SHARKS, ROUGH SHARKS, KITEFIN SHARKS, GULPER SHARKS & BIRDBEAK SHARKS

Family SQUALIDAE - Dogfish sharks

     

roughskin spurdog

ROUGHSKIN SPURDOG - Cirrhigaleus asper

spiny dogfish

SPINY DOGFISH - Squalus acanthias

Cuban Dogfish

CUBAN DOGFISH - Squalus cubensis

JAPANESE SPURDOG -Squalus japonicus

SHORTNOSE SPURDOG - Squalus megalops

North Pacific Spiny Dogfish

PACIFIC SPINY DOGFISH - Squalus suckleyi

       

 

Family CENTROPHORIDAE - Gulper Sharks

 

 

Family SOMNIOSIDAE - Sleeper sharks

BLACKFIN GULPER SHARK - Centrophorus isodon

 

 

GREENLAND SHARK - Somniosus microcephalus 

 

 

 ORDER SQUATINIFORMES  ANGEL SHARKS

Family SQUATINIDAE - Angel Sharks

EASTERN AUSTRALIAN ANGEL SHARK - Squatina albipunctata

PACIFIC ANGEL SHARK - Squatina californica

Angular Angelshark

ANGULAR ANGELSHARK - Squatina guggenheim

Japanese angelshark

JAPANESE ANGELSHARK - Squatina japonica

COMMON ANGEL SHARK - Squatina squatina

 
BATOIDEA: RAYS

 ORDER MYLIOBATIFORMES:  WHIPTAIL STINGRAYS, ROUND STINGRAYS AND STINGAREES, DEEPWATER STINGRAYS, FRESHWATER STINGRAYS, BUTTERFLY RAYS, SIXGILL STINGRAYS, EAGLE RAYS, COWNOSE RAYS & DEVIL RAYS

Family DASYATIDAE - Whiptail Stingrays    The biology and behavior of Whiptail Stingrays

Whiptail Stingray Diagram

 WHIPTAIL STINGRAY CHARACTERISTICS

RED STINGRAY - Dasyatis akejei

Southern Stingray

SOUTHERN STINGRAY - Dasyatis americana

Shorttail Stingray

SHORTTAIL STINGRAY - Dasyatis brevicaudata

Roughtail Stingray

ROUGHTAIL STINGRAY - Dasyatis centroura

BLUE STINGRAY - Dasyatis chrysonota

Diamond Stingray

DIAMOND STINGRAY - Dasyatis dipterura

LONGNOSE STINGRAY - Dasyatis guttata

Longtail Stingray

LONGTAIL STINGRAY - Dasyatis longus

PITTED STINGRAY - Dasyatis matsubarai

Common Stingray

COMMON STINGRAY - Dasyatis pastinaca

atlantic stingray picture

ATLANTIC STINGRAY - Dasyatis sabina

Bluntnose Stingray

BLUNTNOSE STINGRAY - Dasyatis sayi

Thorntail Stingray

THORNTAIL STINGRAY - Dasyatis thetidis

Heliobatis radians fossil

SUN RAY - Heliobatis radians

Tahitian stingray

TAHITIAN STINGRAY - Himantura fai

Mangrove Whipray or whitetail stingray

MANGROVE WHIPRAY - Himantura granulata

Jenkins Whipray Picture

JENKINS' WHIPRAY - Himantura jenkinsii

CHUPARE STINGRAY Himantura schmardae

reticulate whipray

RETICULATE WHIPRAY - Himantura uarnak

LEOPARD WHIPRAY - Himantura undulata

Blue Spotted Stingray

BLUE SPOTTED STINGRAY - Dasyatis kuhlii 

Eastern Cowtail Stingray

EASTERN COWTAIL STINGRAY - Pastinachus atrus

Cowtail Stingray or Feathertail Stingray

COWTAIL STINGRAY - Pastinachus sephen

Pelagic stingray

PELAGIC STINGRAY - Pteroplatytrygon violacea

Round Stingray

ROUND STINGRAY - Taeniura grabata

Blue Spotted Fantail Ray

BLUESPOTTED RIBBONTAIL RAY - Taeniura lymma

Marble Stingray

MARBLED RIBBONTAIL RAY - Taeniura meyeni

   

 

Family POTAMOTRYGONIDAE - River stingrays   The biology and evolution of River Stingrays

River Stingray diagram

RIVER STINGRAY CHARACTERISTICS

Potamotrygon castexi

VERMICULATE RIVER STINGRAY - Potamotrygon castexi

MOTORO RIVER STINGRAY - Potamotrygon motoro

Rosette River Stingray picture

ROSETTE RIVER STINGRAY - Potamotrygon schroederi

 

 

Family UROTRYGONIDAE - Round stingrays of the Americas

BULLSEYE STINGRAY - Urobatis concentricus

Round Stingray

ROUND STINGRAY - Urobatis halleri

Yellow Stingray

YELLOW STINGRAY - Urobatis jamaicensis

Cortez Round Stingray

CORTEZ ROUND STINGRAY - Urobatis maculatus

leopard round stingray

LEOPARD ROUND STINGRAY - Urobatis pardalis

Rogers Roundray

ROGERS ROUNDRAY - Urotrygon rogersi

       

 

Family UROLOPHIDAE - Stingarees of the Indo-Pacific Region

Sinclairs Stingaree

CIRCULAR STINGAREE - Urolophus circularis

Spotted Stingaree

SPOTTED STINGAREE - Urolophus gigas

Kapala Stingaree

KAPALA STINGAREE -Urolophus kapalensis

Striped Stingaree

STRIPED STINGAREE - Trygonoptera ovalis

Masked Stingaree

MASKED STINGAREE - Trygonoptera personata

Common Stingaree

COMMON STINGAREE - Trygonoptera testacea

       

 

Family GYMNURIDAE - Butterfly Rays

 

 

Family PLATYRHINIDAE

Thornback Rays

Spiny Butterfly Ray picture

SPINY BUTTERFLY RAY - Gymnura altavela

Japanese Butterfly Ray

JAPANESE BUTTERFLY RAY - Gymnura japonica

   

Thornback Ray

THORNBACK RAY

platyrhinoidis triseriata

 

Family MYLIOBATIDAE - Eagle rays

Spotted Eagle Ray

SPOTTED EAGLE RAY - aetobatus narinari

Common Eagle Ray

COMMON EAGLE RAY - Myliobatis aquila

Southern Bat Ray

SOUTHERN BAT RAY - Myliobatis australis

CALIFORNIA BAT RAY - Myliobatis californicus

 

 

Family MOBULIDAE - Devil rays

Manta Ray

MANTA RAY - Manta birostris

REEF MANTA RAY - Manta alfredi

Atlantic Devilray

ATLANTIC DEVILRAY - Mobula hypostoma

munks devil ray

MUNK'S DEVIL RAY - Mobula munkiana

BENTFIN DEVIL RAY - Mobula thurstoni

 

  Family RHINOPTERIDAE - Cownose Rays

Atlantic Cownose Ray

ATLANTIC COWNOSE RAY - Rhinoptera bonasus

       

 

 ORDER PRISTIFORMES  SAWFISH

Family PRISTIDAE - Sawfishes

FRESHWATER SAWFISH - Pristis microdon

Smalltooth Sawfish

SMALLTOOTH SAWFISH - Pristis pectinata 

GREEN SAWFISH - Pristis zijsron

   

 

 ORDER RAJIFORMES  SKATES, SMOOTH SKATES, GUITARFISHES, BOWMOUTH GUITARFISHES & WEDGEFISHES

Family RAJIDAE - Skates

thorny skate

THORNY SKATE - Ambyraja radiata

Barndoor Skate

BARNDOOR SKATE - Dipturus laevis

Little Skate Leucoraja erinacea

LITTLE SKATE - Leucoraja erinacea

smooth skate

SMOOTH SKATE - Malacoraja senta

Big Skate

BIG SKATE - Raja binoculata

Thornback Skate

THORNBACK SKATE -

Raja clavata

CLEARNOSE SKATE - Raja eglanteria

WINTER SKATE - Raja ocellata

Longnose Skate Raja rhina

LONGNOSE SKATE -

Raja rhina 

starry skate

STARRY SKATE - Raja stellulata

Velez ray

VELEZ RAY - Raja velezi

Shorttail Fanskate

SHORTTAIL FANSKATE - Sympterygia brevicaudata

   

 

 

 SUB-ORDER RHINOBATIFORMES  BOWMOUTH GUITARFISHES, SHARKFIN GUITARFISHES & GUITARFISHES

Family RHINOBATIDAE - Guitarfishes

 

 

Eastern Shovelnose Ray

EASTERN SHOVELNOSE RAY Aptychotrema rostrata

HALAVI GUITARFISH - Glaucostegus halavi

ATLANTIC GUITARFISH - Rhinobatos lentiginosus

Gorgona guitarfish

GORGONA GUITARFISH - Rhinobatos prahli

SHOVELNOSE GUITARFISH - Rhinobatos productos

YELLOW GUITARFISH - Rhinobatos schlegelii

Banded Guitarfish Picture

BANDED GUITARFISH - Zapteryx exasperata

     

 

Family RHYNCHOBATIDAE

Sharkfin Guitarfishes

 

Family RHINIDAE

Bowmouth Guitarfishes

WHITESPOTTED GUITARFISH -Rhynchobatus australiae

     

Bowmouth Guitarfish

BOWMOUTH GUITARFISH - Rhina ancylostoma

 

 ORDER TORPEDINIFORMES:  TORPEDO RAYS, COFFIN RAYS, ELECTRIC RAYS & SLEEPER RAYS

Family NARCINIDAE - Electric rays

Bullseye Electric Ray

BULLS-EYE ELECTRIC RAY - Diplobatus ommata

APRON RAY - Discopyge tschudii

LESSER ELECTRIC RAY - Narcine bancrofti

Cortez Electric Ray

CORTEZ ELECTRIC RAY - Narcine entemedor

 

 

Family TORPEDINIDAE - Torpedo rays

   

 

Family NARKIDAE - Sleeper Rays

 

Family HYPNIDAE - Coffin rays

PACIFIC TORPEDO RAY - Tetronarce californica

Marbled Torpedo Ray

MARBLED TORPEDO RAY - Torpedo marmorata

 

JAPANESE SLEEPER RAY - Narke japonica

Coffin Ray or Numb Ray

COFFIN RAY - Hypnos monopterygium

 
HOLOCEPHALI: CHIMAERAS

 ORDER CHIMAERIIFORMES  LONGNOSE AND SHORTNOSE CHIMAERAS & ELEPHANTFISHES

Family CHIMAERIDAE - shortnose chimaeras

Spotted Ratfish

SPOTTED RATFISH - Hydrolagus colliei

       

 

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All available pictures of sharks and rays are listed in The Shark Pictures Database

Read the previous shark blogs in the Elasmoblog Archives


Andy Murch is a freelance shark photographer and the Staff Photographer at Shark Diver Magazine. He is also the Creator of Elasmodiver.com which is one of the largest sources of information about sharks and rays on the internet.

 

 

 

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