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 Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)

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 Photo

Silvertip shark
© Doug Perrine / SeaPics
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


 Name

Scientific: Carcharhinus albimarginatus
German: Silberspitzenhai
English: Silvertip shark, Silvertip whaler
French: Requin pointe blanche
Spanish: Tiburón de puntas blancas


 Appearance

A typical requiem shark. Fairly slender. Long rounded snout. First dorsal fin moderately large with a pointed apex, and originates over or slightly anterior to the pectoral fins" rear tips. Origin of second dorsal fin is over or slightly behind the anal fin"s origin. Large, semifalcate pectoral fins. Interdorsal ridge present. With precaudal pit.

 Coloration

Dark grey upper. White ventral surface. Conspicuous white tips and posterior margins on all fins.

 Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Chagos Archipelago. Maledives. Western Pacific: Indonesia. Central Pacific: New Caledonia, Taiwan, Philippines, Palau, Marshall Islands, Tahiti. Eastern Pacific: Southern Baja California, Clipperton, Cocos Islands, Galapagos.

 Biology

Common to abundant over the continental shelves and slopes, from the surface down to about 800 m. Found inshore (lagoons) and offshore. Young silvertips are restricted to shallower water close to shore.

 Feeding

Feeds mainly on a variety of fishes.

 Size

Average size between 200 cm to 250 cm, maximum total length about 300 cm.

 Reproduction

Viviparous, with yolksac-placenta. 1 to 11 pups per litter, normally 5 to 6. Gestation period lasts about 12 months. Size at birth about 65 cm. Males and females reach sexual maturity with about 160 cm.

 Similar Species

Unmistakable white color pattern.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Potentially dangerous.



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