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 Pondicherry shark (Carcharhinus hemiodon)

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 Photo

Pondicherry shark
No image of Pondicherry shark found in the Shark Database
 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 hemiodon
German: Pondicherryhai
English: Pondicherry shark
French: Requin baliai
Spanish: Tiburón de Pondicherry


 Appearance

Relatively small requiem shark. Snout narrowly rounded. Large, circular eyes (diameter between 2 to 3% of the entire body length). First dorsal fin large and falcate, origin over the inner margins of pectoral fins just behind their insertions. Second dorsal fin high (about 2.7% of total body length), with origin over or slightly posterior to the origin of anal fin. Large, falcate pectoral fins with narrowly rounded tips. Interdorsal ridge is present.

 Coloration

Grey upper body, white ventral surface. Black tips present on pectorals, second dorsal fin, and dorsal and ventral lobe of the caudal fin. White band on the flanks present.

 Distribution

Indo-Western Pacific: Oman to Vietnam, Indonesia, New Guinea.

 Biology

Almost nothing is known about this species. Probably wide ranging over continental and insular shelves.

 Feeding

Probably fishes.

 Size

Maximum size uncertain, probably not over 150 to 200 cm.

 Reproduction

Most likely, viviparous, with yolksac placenta (gives birth to live young).

 Similar Species

Other small requiem sharks within the range of this species have a similar appearance, taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish among them.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > CR (Critically Endangered)
Sub criterion: A2acd C2a(i)
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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