Shark - ID Guides and Factsheets

The Shark Trust's ID guides provide a rapid and accurate key for identifying the 35 species of shark encountered in British and Irish waters, as well as the 19 other species recorded elsewhere in the Northeast Atlantic.

Each guide includes the species; scientific name, common name, distribution, appearance, similar species and teeth. An ecology and biology section includes information about their habitat, diet, reproduction and commercial importance, threats conservation, legislation, IUCN Red List Assessment and handling advice.

The Shark Trust’s factsheets provide more detailed species information and includes a full reference list for further reading.

Skate and Ray ID guides and factsheets are also available.


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Skate and Ray - ID Guides and Factsheets