Image: Shark claspers

Shark claspers

The internal cartilaginous structure of the claspers and part of the pelvic girdle, most likely from a whaler shark (family Carcharhinidae).

Amanda Hay
© Australian Museum


This unusual 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, claspers, fishes, ichthyology, Carcharhinidae, Whaler Shark,