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.

Common Blacktip Sharks at Alliwal Shoals

Rob Harcourt © Rob Harcourt

Standard Common Name

Common Blacktip Shark

Alternative Name/s

Blacktip Shark, Blacktip Whaler

Identification

Common Blacktip Sharks have a bronzish coloured upper surface and lack and interdorsal ridge.

Size range

The species grows to about 2.5 m in length.

Distribution

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.

Carcharhinus limbatus

Classification

Species:
limbatus
Genus:
Carcharhinus
Family:
Carcharhinidae
Order:
Carcharhiniformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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