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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Galeorhinus galeus - Tope Shark

Habitat & Distribution

Widely distributed off the coasts of Britain and Europe this benthopelagic and demersal species inhabits the upper Continental Shelf. It is seasonally migratory in northern waters, seeming to move offshore during autumn/winter months. During the 1980s it was regularly caught by long-line in the Falmouth Bay area, mainly between August and January. There are now strict national controls on the quantities that can be landed. It is on the IUCN Red List as ' Vulnerable' and is also on the UK List of Priority Species.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.