Blacktip Reef Shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus

Blacktip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus

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Family: Carcharhinidae (requiem sharks) 60 species worldwide. Migratory, live-bearing sharks of warm seas (sometimes of brackish or fresh water).

Size: Up to 1.6 metres

Distribution: The blacktip reef shark is found throughout nearshore waters of the tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific.

Status: Near Threatened

Habitat: Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Blacktip reef sharks have extremely small home ranges and exhibit strong site fidelity, remaining within the same local area for up to several years at a time.

References: Wikipedia

About the Blacktip Reef Shark

Easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin). Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Timid and skittish, the blacktip reef shark is difficult to approach and seldom poses a danger to humans unless roused by food. However, people wading through shallow water are at risk of having their legs mistakenly bitten. This shark is used for its meat, fins, and liver oil, but is not considered to be a commercially significant species.

Along with the grey reef shark (C. amblyrhinchos) and the whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), the blacktip reef shark is one of the three most common sharks inhabiting coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific. This species predominates in shallow habitats, while the other two are mostly found deeper.

Blacktip Reef Shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus
Photo: Sydney Aquarium. High Resolution 2920 x 1808.

Blacktip Reef Shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus
Photo: Sydney Aquarium. High Resolution 3288 x 2156.

Blacktip Reef Shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus
Photo: Sydney Aquarium. High Resolution 3724 x 2364.

See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Birds
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Spiders and Their Faces
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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