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 Australian blacktip shark (Carcharhinus tilstoni)

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 Photo

Australian blacktip shark
No image of Australian blacktip 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 tilstoni
German: Australischer Schwarzspitzenhai
English: Australian blacktip shark
French: Requin borde de Australia
Spanish: Tiburón macuira de Australia


 Appearance

Typical requiem shark. Long snout. Dorsal fin erect and falcate, with a pointed apex. Origin of first dorsal fin is over or slightly posterior to the pectorals" insertion. Second dorsal fin is high with origin over or slightly before the anal fin"s origin. No interdorsal ridge.

 Coloration

Grey to bronze upper body, white ventral surface. Black tips on all fins except sometimes on pelvic fins and anal fin. Pale stripe along the flanks.

 Distribution

Indo-Western Pacific: Australia (northern Australia).

 Biology

Lives over the continental shelf of tropical Australia. From close to the surface down to a depth of about 150 m. Swims preferably midwater or just under the surface.

 Feeding

Fishes, and to a lesser degree cephalopods.

 Size

Maximum size about 200 cm, average size between 150 and 180 cm.

 Reproduction

Viviparous, with yolksac placenta (gives birth to live young). 1 to 6 pups per litter with a size at birth of approximately 60 cm. Gestation period lasts 10 months. Maturity seems to be reached within 3 to 4 years. Males reach sexual maturity with a size of about 110 cm, females with 115 cm.

 Similar Species

The Blacktip shark is almost identical and the two species are only separated by vertebrate counts and enzyme systems.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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