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Sharks on the Red List of the IUCN

The Red List of the IUCN contains endangered animal and plant species. The Red List criteria are complex and it can take years to analyze a species.

Unfortunately, the list also contains many shark species. Below you will find a total of 537 shark species, almost all of those known today being classified under the main categories of the Red List.



IUCN 2021. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2021-2.
https://www.iucnredlist.org. Status November 2021.

  • EX

    Extinct
    Number of species: 1 (?)
  • EW

    Extinct in the Wild
    Number of species: 0
  • CR

    Critically Endangered
    Number of species: 34
  • EN

    Endangered
    Number of species: 56
  • VU

    Vulnerable
    Number of species: 76
  • NT

    Near Threatened
    Number of species: 50
  • LC

    Least Concern
    Number of species: 248
  • DD

    Data Deficient
    Number of species: 72
  • NE

    Not Evaluated
    Number of species: 0

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