Animalia > Chordata > Elasmobranchii > Carcharhiniformes > Carcharhinidae > Carcharhinus > Carcharhinus limbatus

Carcharhinus limbatus (Spot-fin ground shark; Small blacktip shark; Small black tipped shark; Shark; Requiem shark; Grey shark; Common blacktip shark; Black-tipped shark; Blacktip whaler; Black-tip shark; Blacktip shark; Blackfin shark; Black tip shark; Black tip; Black fin shark)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae. It is common to coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world, including brackish habitats. Genetic analyses have revealed substantial variation within this species, with populations from the western Atlantic Ocean isolated and distinct from those in the rest of its range. The blacktip shark has a stout, fusiform body with a pointed snout, long gill slits, and no ridge between the dorsal fins. Most individuals have black tips or edges on the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. It usually attains a length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).
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Litter Size [2]  5
Maximum Longevity [2]  12 years
Migration [1]  Amphidromous
Water Biome [1]  Reef, Rivers and Streams, Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  148.901 lbs (67.54 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  7 years

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Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)[4]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adventure Aquarium
Albuquerque Biological Park
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Burger's Zoo
Rotterdam Zoo


Aldabra Special Reserve; Cosmopolitan. Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia, Canada to Brazil (Ref. 26340). Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Mediterranean. Indo-Pacific: Red Sea, Madagascar and South Africa to China, Australia, Tahiti, Marquesas, and Hawaii. Eastern Pacific: Baja California, Mexico to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.;

External References



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1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Food composition and distribution of elasmobranches on the shelf and upper slope of the Eastern Central Atlantic., Patokina F.A., Litvinov F.F., ICES CM 2005/N:26
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Occurrence, Diet and Growth of Juvenile Blacktip Sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, from Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela, RAFAEL TAVARES, Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 44, No. 3, 291-302, 2008
6Diets of piscivorous fishes in a tropical Australian estuary, with special reference to predation on penaeid prawns, J. P. Salini, S. J. M. Blaber and D. T. Brewer, Marine Biology 105, 363-374 (1990)
7Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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