Animal Species:Common Blacktip Shark, Carcharhinus limbatus (Müller & Henle, 1839)
The species has back tips to most fins although some adults may lack distinctive fin markings.
Standard Common Name
Common Blacktip Shark
Blacktip Shark, Blacktip Whaler
Common Blacktip Sharks have a bronzish coloured upper surface and lack and interdorsal ridge.
The species grows to about 2.5 m in length.
The species is found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology