Mucientes, Gonzalo & Arronte, Juan Carlos, 2010, Marine fishes from Galicia (NW Spain): an updated checklist, Zootaxa 2667, pp. 1-27: 4-5

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Family Lamnidae  

Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788)   — Porbeagle

Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758)   — Great white shark Reported by Solorzano et al. (1988) based on specimens caught by the long line fleet and discharged at the Coruña fishmarket. We consider this as a doubtful record, because those specimens were probably caught out of the study area.

Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810   — Shortfin mako

Family Cetorhinidae  

Cetorhinus maximus (Gunnerus, 1765)   — Basking shark

Family Alopiidae  

Alopias vulpinus (Bonnaterre, 1788)   — Thintail thresher

Alopias superciliosus (Lowe, 1841)   — Bigeye thresher

Common species in the open waters of the North Atlantic but with a single record from Galicia: a male specimen stranded in Playa América, Nigrán (Pontevedra), in July 2008 ( CEMMA, personal communication).

Family Scyliorhinidae  

* Galeus melastomus   Rafinesque, 1810 —Blackmouth catshark

Galeus atlanticus (Vaillant, 1888)   —Atlantic sawtail cat shark

Not mentioned for Galician waters neither in Whitehead et al. (1986) nor in Quéro et al. (2003). Frequently caught between 400 and 711 m depth during the last years in the “Demersales” surveys. Probably this species was previously confused with G. melastomus   .

* Scyliorhinus canicula   (Linnaeus, 1758)—Small-spotted catshark

Scyliorhinus stellaris (Linnaeus, 1758)   —Nursehound

Family Pseudotriakidae  

Pseudotriakis microdon   de Brito Capello, 1868 — False catshark Recorded for Galicia based on unreported specimens caught in the Galicia Bank ( Figure 2 View FIGURE 2 ).

Family Carcharhinidae  

*Galeorhinus galeus (Linnaeus, 1758) — Tope shark Mustelus mustelus (Linnaeus, 1758)   — Smooth-hound Mustelus asterias Cloquet, 1821   — Starry smooth-hound Prionace glauca (Linnaeus, 1758)   — Blue shark

Family Sphyraenidae  

Sphyrna zygaena (Linnaeus, 1758)   — Smooth hammerhead