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Blacktip reef shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus
  • Class:
    Cartilaginous fish (Lat. Elasmobranchii)
  • Order:
    Requiem sharks (Lat. Carcharhiniformes)
  • Family:
    Blue shark (Lat. Carcharhinidae)
  • Maximum size::
    200 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; amphidromous; marine; depth range 20–75 m.
  • Climate:
    Subtropical; 36˚N–28˚S
  • Distribution:
    Indo-Pacific, Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago. They are not found or are found rarely in the eastern Mediterranean basin (through the Suez Canal).
  • Biology:
    They occur singly or in small groups. They prefer reef fish, but also feed on crabs, cephalopods and other mollusks.