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Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Status
ESA Species of Concern - Eastern North Pacific population
CITES Appendix II - throughout its range

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Basking shark
(Cetorhinus maximus)
Photo: Chris Gotschalk, Wikimedia

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Cetorhinidae
Genus: Cetorhinus
Species: maximus

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Key Documents
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Title Federal Register Date
Species of Concern Fact Sheet: Detailed n/a 10/12/2010
n/a 10/12/2010

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Updated: February 27, 2013

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