Shark and Ray ID Guide

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 the shark pictures and information contained on our ever expanding database of shark and ray species.

Take away and share a renewed desire to help these incredible creatures survive in an increasingly hostile environment.

Selachimorpha: Sharks

Order: CARCHARHINIFORMES
Hammerheads, Requiem Sharks, Houndsharks and Catsharks

Family: CARCHARHINIDAE — Requiem sharks

Family: SCYLIORHINIDAE — Catsharks

Family: SPHYRNIDAE — Hammerhead sharks

Family: TRIAKIDAE — Houndsharks and Smoothhound Sharks

Batoidea: Rays

Order: MYLIOBATIFORMES
Whiptail Stingrays, Round Stingrays and Stingarees, Deepwater Stingrays, Freshwater Stingrays, Butterfly Rays, Sixgill Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Cownose Rays, and Devil Rays

Family: AETOBATIDAE — Eagle Rays

Family: DASYATIDAE — Whiptail Stingrays

The biology and behavior of Whiptail Stingrays

Family: GYMNURIDAE — Butterfly Rays

Family: MOBULIDAE — Devil Rays

Family: MYLIOBATIDAE — Bat Rays

Family: POTAMOTRYGONIDAE — Neotropical River Stingrays

The biology and evolution of River Stingrays

Family: PLATYRHINIDAE — Thornback Rays

Family: RHINOPTERIDAE — Cownose Rays

Family: UROLOPHIDAE — Stingarees of the Indo-Pacific Region

Family: UROTRYGONIDAE — Round Stingrays of the Americas

Holocephali: Chimaeras

Shark trips