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Thailand

Checklist of Sharks and Rays in Thailand was published in Country report of Sharks and Rays in Thailand in 2018 by Krajangdara T. and Vibunpant S.

Thailand - Country Statistics
  • Land area*: 510,890 squared km

  • Population* (2018): 68,615,858 

  • Population Growth* (2018): 0.29%

  • Visitors** : 38,277,300 in 2018

  • Marine area (EEZ)***: 305,778 squared km (Andaman and Gulf of Thailand)

  • Population density (2017)****: 135 persons/squared km land area

  • Urban population* (2018): 49.9%

  • GDP* (2017): US$ 455.4 billion

  *CIA world factbook​

  **Ministry of Tourism and Sport Thailand

  ***Sea around us

  ****Worldbank

The Country report (2018) provides a complete checklist of Thailand's sharks and rays diversity and is provided here for reference. The report is not a project or product of Shark Search Indo-Pacific.

The Book The Cartilaginous Fishes (Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras) Found in Thai Waters and the Adjacent Areas by Krajangdara T. (2017) provides a comprehensive checklist of Elasmobranch species in Thailand with addition of each species information and Key to morphological identification of species.

Page curator: Ms Metavee Chuangcharoendee (James Cook University)
In-country partners and contributor:
Information drawn from Country report of Sharks and Rays in Thailand 2018 and The Cartilaginous Fishes (Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras) Found in Thai Waters and the Adjacent Areas 2017
Photo contributed by: Mr. Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai [Conservation Photographer at ILCP]
Checklist of Thailand sharks and rays

Current number of shark species: 76

Current number of ray species: 77

Current number of skate species: 5

Current number of chimaera species: 2

(2018)

ABSTRACT of the Country report of Sharks and Rays in Thailand

As of 2018, there are limited regulations on shark and ray management in Thailand. This is due to the lack of information on elasmobranch species in Thailand. Thailand Department of Fisheries (DoF) has been compiling fisheries production statistic annually, but shark and ray statistic are generalized as “sharks” and “rays” due to difficulty in species identification from both fisherman and officials at landing sites. This report was published as a scientific data collection to survey diversity of sharks and rays along with its conservation status in Thailand. In addition, this report also highlighted problem in shark and ray management and action needed for improvement. DoF has established National Plan of Action for Sharks in Thailand since 2005 but due to lack of stakeholder consultation, it was not yet approved by the Minister. This information will support better national policy for management of sharks and ray and the proclamation of NPOA of shark which is due next year.

Download The Cartilaginous Fishes (Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras) Found in Thai Waters and the Adjacent Areas 2017

[In Thai]: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B83_my-FPRvcWWQwYm1oZnEtTEk

*Large file - 499 MB

Thailand shark and ray photos

Blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus | Quoy & Gaimard 1824) 

Location: Mu Koh Surin National Park, Thailand

Photographed by: Sirachai Arunrugstichai

Giant freshwater stingray (Urogymnus polylepis | Bleeker 1852) 

Location: Mae Klong River, Thailand

Photographed by: Sirachai Arunrugstichai

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus | Smith, 1828)

Location: Hin Lak Ngam Islet, Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, Thailand

Photographed by: Sirachai Arunrugstichai