Animal Species:Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Carcharhinus longimanus (Poey, 1861)

The Oceanic Whitetip Shark is one of the four most dangerous shark species. It occurs in tropical and temperate waters from inshore areas to oceanic waters.

Standard Common Name

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Alternative Name/s

Oceanic White-tipped Whaler, White-tipped Whaler, Whitetip Whaler

Size range

It grows to a confirmed length of 3 m.

Distribution

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 longimanus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Oceanic Whitetip Shark specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
longimanus
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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