Shark Identification Guides

The Shark Trust's shark identification 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.

Download individual shark guides below. Skate and Ray ID Guides are also available.

British Sharks:


Angular Roughshark

Basking Shark

Birdbeak Dogfish

Black Dogfish

Blackmouth Catshark

Blue Shark

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark

Bramble Shark

Common Smoothhound

Demon catsharks

Frilled Shark

Great Lanternshark

Greenland Shark

Gulper Shark

Kitefin Shark

Knifetooth Dogfish

Leafscale Gulper Shark

Longnose Velvet Dogfish


Porbeagle Shark

Portuguese Dogfish

Sailfin Roughshark

Sharpnose Sevengill Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark

Smallspotted Catshark

Smooth Hammerhead Shark

Spiny Dogfish

Starry Smoothhound

Thresher Shark


Velvet Belly Lanternshark

Northeast Atlantic Sharks:

Bigeye Sixgill Shark

Bigeye Thresher Shark

Cookiecutter Shark

Copper Shark

Dusky Shark

Goblin Shark

Great Hammerhead Shark

Largetooth Cookiecutter Shark

Longfin Mako Shark

Nurse Shark

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Sandbar Shark

Sandtiger Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Silky Shark

Smalltooth Sandtiger Shark

Spinner Shark

Tiger Shark

White Shark

Related Links:

Skate and Ray ID Guides