Animalia > Chordata > Elasmobranchii > Carcharhiniformes > Carcharhinidae > Carcharhinus > Carcharhinus melanopterus

Carcharhinus melanopterus (Shark; Requien shark; Reef blacktip shark; Guliman; Blacktip shark; Blacktip reefshark; Black-tip reef shark; Blacktip reef shark; Blackfin reef shark; Black tips nilow; Black tip shark; Black tip reef shark; Black finned shark; Black fin reef shark)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin). Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).
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Migration [1]  Amphidromous


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Lesser Sunda Islands East Timor, Indonesia Australasia Oceanic Islands    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Ranong   Thailand      


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Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Andaman Sea; Arabian Sea; Atulayan Bay; Australia; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Bay of Bengal; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Carigara Bay; Caroline Island; Chagos Islands; Chilka Lake; China; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Cyprus; Djibouti; East China Sea; Egypt; Eritrea; Fiji Islands; French Polynesia; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Gulf of Oman; Gulf of Thailand; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and the Tuamoto Archipelago. Apparently rare or absent in the more easterly groups. Also eastern Mediterranean (through the Suez Canal).; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Iran (Islamic Rep. of); Iraq; Israel; Japan; Johnston Island; Kenya; Kimbe Bay; Kiribati; Kuroshio Current; Kuwait; Lagonoy Gulf; Lebanon; Leyte Gulf; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Macau; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Manila Bay; Marquesas Islands; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Oman; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Pakistan; Palau; Panay Gulf; Papua New Guinea; Persian Gulf; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Qatar; Red Sea; Rodriguez; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somali Coastal Current; Somalia; Sorsogon Bay; South Africa; South China Sea; Southwest Australian Shelf; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Syrian Arab Republic; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tañon Strait; Thailand; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Tunisia; Turkey; Tuvalu; United Arab Emirates; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wake Island; Wallis and Futuna Is.; West Central Australian Shelf; Yellow Sea;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
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
2Clownfish and their Host Anemones ;; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
3Predators of Tuna Baitfish and the Effects of Baitfishing on the Subsistence Reef Fisheries of Fiji, S.J.M. Blaber, D.A. Milton, N.J.F. Rawlinson and A. Sesewa, Tuna Baitfish in Fiji and Solomon Islands: proceedings of a workshop, Suva, Fiji, 17-18 August 1993. ACIAR Proceedings No. 52. p. 51-61
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
5Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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