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Blacktip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus

(Image credit: Credit: Doug Finney)

The Blacktip Reef Shark is a small yellow-brown reef shark with a solid black tip on the dorsal fin with a light white hotizontal band directly below. The Blacktip Reef Shark is considered Near Threatened and is not targeted by any major fisheries. While this shark is not territorial, it may nay attack the legs or feet of people wading in shallow water if it feels cornered.

Length: to 200cm


Shallow inshore reefs; depth 0-75m.

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Log it south of Fraser/Stradbroke Islands in QLD

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Stuart-Smith et al. 2015; Reef Life Survey; Heupel 2009; Fishes of Australia; Australian Faunal Directory.

http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1952; http://reeflifesurvey.com/species/carcharhinus-melanopterus/; http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39375/0

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