Difference between revisions of "Whale shark"

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Latest revision as of 23:54, 30 June 2020

phylum Chordata The whale shark is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb). The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate, rivalling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals.

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class Chondrichthyes
order Orectolobiformes
family Rhincodontidae
genus Rhincodon
species R. typus