I would like to Donate:
Basking Shark Taxonomy
Basking Sharks are members of the order mackerel sharks (Lamniformes). Although not the most speciose group, mackerel sharks are certainly one of the most diverse groups and also includes the Sandtiger, Goblin, Megamouth, Thresher, Porbeagle, White, Shortfin Mako, Longfin Mako and Crocodile Sharks.
Despite being placid, planktivorous and the only member of the family Cetorhinidae, there are strong similarities between Basking Sharks and the more active, predatory members of the order. The large gill slits, torpedo shaped body and near symmetrical lunate (crescent shaped) tail are all mirrored in the White, mako, Salmon and Porbeagle Sharks.
Classification Table for the Basking Shark:
|Phlyum:||Chordata||Possess Spinal Chord|
|Subclass:||Elasmobranchii||Sharks, skates and rays|
➤ Download the Shark Trust's Taxonomic Chart for British Sharks (pdf).
You have added an item to your shopping basket.
Your ID and Password were blank. Would you like to create a new account?