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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodontidae Müller & Henle, 1839 
AphiaID: 105706

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPisces (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorElasmobranchii (Class) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNeoselachii (Subclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSelachii (Infraclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGaleomorphi (Superorder) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorOrectolobiformes (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodontidae (Family)
Status accepted
Rank Family
Typetaxon Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Parent Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorOrectolobiformes
Synonymised
names
  Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRhiniodontidae Müller & Henle, 1839 (synonym)
Sources  basis of record van der Land, J.; Costello, M.J.; Zavodnik, D.; Santos, R.S.; Porteiro, F.M.; Bailly, N.; Eschmeyer, W.N.; Froese, R. (2001). Pisces, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 357-374 (look up in IMIS[details]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorwhale shark  [details]
French Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorrequins baleine  [details]
Japanese Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorjimbeizame-kaUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorching sha k'o  [details]
Russian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorkitovye akuly  [details]
Spanish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editortiburones ballena  [details]
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 Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829

Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMicristodus accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhicodon accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhineodon accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhiniodon Smith, 1828 accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhinodon accepted as Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorRhincodon Smith, 1829
Environment marine
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
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From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Distribution: tropical waters. Often near the surface, sometimes in schools of up to hundreds of sharks. Whale sharks are apparently highly migratory, probably timed with blooms of planktonic organisms. Five exceptionally large gill openings, the fifth behind origin of pectoral fin, over fin base. Elongated gill rakers. Mouth terminal. Reduced teeth. A unique color pattern of light spots and vertical and horizontal stripes, in the form of a checkerboard. Planktivorous. Maximum length 15.2 m, probably bigger (world's largest fish).  [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:105706
Taxonomic
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Date   action   by
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z  created  van der Land, Jacob
  
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  Citation: WoRMS (2014). Rhincodontidae. In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=105706 on 2014-12-29
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