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 Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi)

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 Photo

Caribbean reef shark
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 Range Map

Earth Map


 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Requiem sharks (Carcharhinidae)
      Genus: Carcharhinus (Carcharhinus)


 Name

Scientific: Carcharhinus perezi
German: Karibischer Riffhai
English: Caribbean reef shark
French: Requin de recif
Spanish: Tiburón coralino


 Appearance

A stocky shark. Short, bluntly rounded snout. Origin of first dorsal fin over the free rear ends of pectoral fins. Second dorsal fin with a short rear tip and its origin is over or slightly anterior to the anal fin"s origin. Large narrow pectoral fins. Weakly developed interdorsal ridge.

 Coloration

Grey to brownish on the back, bronze colored on the sides, with white ventral surface. Underside of pectorals, pelvic fins, anal fin and ventral lobe of caudal fin are dusky colored.

 Distribution

Western Atlantic: South-east Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean to Brazil.

 Biology

The most abundant reef shark in these waters. Prefers to live close to the bottom (bottom-dwelling) on the continental and insular shelves, down to at least 30 m. Caribbean reef sharks are often found near dropoffs on the outer reef edges. They often lay motionless in caverns. Despite the abundance its biology is poorly known.

 Feeding

Fishes.

 Size

Average size about 200 cm to 250 cm, maximum total length about 295 cm. Males reach sexual maturtity at about 150 cm to 170 cm, females at about 200 cm to 295 cm. Size at birth about 70 cm.

 Reproduction

Viviparous, with yolksac-placenta (gives birth to live young). 4 to 6 pups per litter.

 Similar Species

Several similar species are known, such as Dusky shark , Galapagos shark , Sandbar shark and Bignose shark and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish between them.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Accidents are known and it is a potentially dangerous species.



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