Image: Shark clasper

Shark clasper

The internal cartilaginous structure of a clasper, most likely from a whaler shark (family Carcharhinidae).

Amanda Hay
© Australian Museum


This object was found on the beach at Greenpatch, Jervis Bay, New South Wales by Dr Kris French on 26 August 2012. It is now registered in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection (AMS I.46100-001). 

Claspers are the external reproductive organs of male sharks, rays and chimaeras.

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Tags shark, clasper, fishes, ichthyology, Carcharhinidae, Whaler Sharks,